Mayorkas and Harris claim ‘the border is secure’ isn’t true, says Arizona sheriff
Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona spoke plainly about the situation on the southern border, confirming to the House Judiciary Committee that it is not secure, contrary to what Biden administration officials have declared.
During a Wednesday hearing titled “Biden’s Border Crisis,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, reviewed a series of quotes from officials on the border that he said were of “significant” especially” for him.
“The Secretary of Homeland Security said, ‘The border is closed, the border is secure, in March 2021. Was that true then?’ Issa asked.
“No,” Dannels replied.
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“Is it true now?” Issa asked.
Issa then referred to Mayorkas’ statement in November 2022: “We are working day by day to improve his security.” The congressman asked Dannels if he had seen any improvement.
“No, I didn’t,” he said.
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Issa then recalled that on January 8 of this year, Mayorkas said: “The border is not open”. He asked Dannels if that was correct.
“No,” Dannels said, explaining that “the majority of people we talk to, migrants who were smuggled in,” said they came because President Biden held up “a welcome sign.” .
Finally, Issa quoted Vice President Harris as saying, “The border is secure. We secured the border,” and asked if that statement would also be inaccurate.
“Yes, it would,” Dannels said.
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In his opening statement, Dannels gave a grim account of the situation at the border.
“When I look at public safety, national security and humanitarian aid on our southern border, it’s the biggest crime scene in this country,” he said.