Alejandro Mayorkas

October 20, 2021

Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 days after meeting with Biden

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the department announced Tuesday.

“Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols,” Marsha Espinosa, DHS assistant secretary for public affairs, said in a statement. “Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion.”

Mayorkas is the highest-ranking Biden administration official to reveal he tested positive for the coronavirus.

In July, the White House changed its policy regarding the disclosure of positive COVID-19 tests, saying it would publicly disclose officials who test positive only if they have had close contact with the president, vice president, first lady, or second gentleman.

Mayorkas attended a ceremony on Saturday with President Biden to mark the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.


DHS Secretary Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19, days after event with Biden

September 29, 2021

Activists gather outside Mayorkas’ house, protest Biden’s ‘racist’ immigration policies

A group of activists gathered outside the home of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to protest the Biden administration’s “racist” immigration policies.

Members from Never Again Action, a left-wing political group, draped Mayorkas’s house in a banner that read “BIDEN PRESIDENCY, TRUMP POLICY.”

“The Biden administration promised to end Trump’s cruel immigration policies and replace them with a ‘fair and humane’ immigration system,” said Alyssa Rubin, campaigns director for Never Again Action. “Instead they’ve doubled down on the worst of Trump’s racist policies.”

The protest comes amid stark criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the thousands of Haitian migrants at the Mexico-US border in Del Rio, Texas.

“Secretary Mayorkas, himself a refugee and the child of Holocaust survivors, has now joined the long list of US officials enforcing racist policies that turn away desperate refugees and migrants, sending many of them back to their deaths,” Rubin said. “We are here today in honor of our ancestors who died because they were turned away from the US by policies just like these.”


Protesters outside Mayorkas’ house unfold giant foil blanket tying Biden to Trump

September 26, 2021

All migrants are gone from Texas border camp, officials say

Federal officials confirmed that no migrants remained at the Texas border camp in Del Rio, which was recently the subject of national and international attention.

The announcement marked a drastic change from last Saturday when over 15,000 migrants gathered at the Texas-Mexico border, driven by confusion over the Biden administration’s policies and misinformation on social media.

On Friday, President Joe Biden commented on the widespread outrage from images of border agents using their horses to block and move migrants forcibly, saying “people will pay.”

“There will be consequences,” Biden said. “It’s an embarrassment, but it’s beyond an embarrassment — it’s dangerous, it’s wrong, it sends the wrong message around the world and sends the wrong message at home. It’s simply not who we are.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the US allowed about 12,400 to enter the country, at least temporarily, while they appear before an immigration judge to remain under asylum laws. Though, they could ultimately be denied and subject to removal.


Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

September 21, 2021

Harris shifts blame to Border Patrol as migrant crisis continues

Vice President Kamala Harris said she is “deeply troubled” by the widespread images of Border Patrol agents on horseback preventing migrants from entering the US.

“What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were, was horrible,” Harris told reporters. “And I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into exactly what is going on there. But human beings should never be treated that way. And I’m deeply troubled about it. And I’ll also be talking to Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas about it today.”

Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed by the process of dealing with over 14,000 migrants, working 10 hours a day and six days a week. Agents told the media they were angry with the piled-on criticism from the Biden administration, accusing it of deflecting blame for its inability to control the border.

“This whole situation is blowing up and even liberals are turning on this administration,” one agent told Fox News. “[Harris] is placing blame on agents to deflect because she and Biden are not going to change how they are handling this.”


Harris ‘deeply troubled’ by images of Border Patrol agents on horseback blocking migrants, agents respond

Photo credit: “Kamala Harris with supporters” by Gage Skidmore; licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

September 21, 2021

Biden administration defends expulsion of 6,000 migrants

US officials confirmed that over 6,000 migrants were removed from an encampment in Del Rio, Texas, as they defended immediately expelling the migrants and using horse patrols to prevent them from entering the town.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, calling it a “challenging and heartbreaking situation.”

Widely spread photos and video showed agents on horseback used what appeared to be whips and their horses to push migrants back at the river near Del Rio, where thousands of migrants camped under a bridge. Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they would investigate to ensure the agents did not take any “unacceptable” actions.

A Trump-era pandemic-related authority enabled the hasty expulsions. The rule, adopted by former President Donald Trump, allows for migrants’ immediate removal without an opportunity to seek asylum. President Joe Biden excused unaccompanied children from the order but let the rest stand.


US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town

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