Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott has openly called for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to be fired, while other Republicans are eyeing his possible impeachment if Congress flips to the GOP.
A new report by immigration analysts may boost their cause, as it shows that Mayorkas is failing miserably to secure the homeland.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, analyzed the DHS’s annual report on border security for the fiscal year 2022, which ended on Sept. 30.
Since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, the group said, roughly 5.5 million illegal immigrants have entered the country — which FAIR dubbed “a crisis of epic proportions.”
That’s about 300,000 more people than the population of South Carolina and higher than the population of 28 states.
According to FAIR, that number includes 4.4 million nationwide as reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with 3.9 million of them coming across the southwest border.
The other 1.1 million are “gotaways” who entered the country undetected.
But of the whole group, the Biden administration simply let nearly half of them go — regardless of concerns about COVID-19, terrorism, crime generally, or access to taxpayer-funded social services.
“Based on publicly available CBP data, court filings, and “gotaways,” FAIR estimates that 2.4 million were either released by federal authorities or entered the country’s interior undetected,” the group noted.
Further underscoring the threat, FAIR pointed out that in 2022 Border Patrol agents encountered 98 known or suspected terrorists.
That was up from 15 in 2021.
Yet, more importantly, the Border Patrol encountered just three suspected terrorists over the last two years of the Trump administration.
“This number only includes known or suspected terrorists who were apprehended, not those embedded in the 1.1 million who evaded law enforcement while entering the country and eventually disappeared into American communities,” FAIR clarified.
FAIR also noted that 856 migrant deaths were reported last year, which was the deadliest year on record.
Meanwhile, just in the last month of the year, border agents seized the equivalent of more than 414 million lethal doses of fentanyl, raising the 2022 lethal-dose total “well into the billions,” FAIR said.
“More fentanyl has crossed the border in the last two months under President Biden than in all of FY 2019 under President Trump’s leadership,” the group added.
In a statement, FAIR President Dan Stein noted, “In typical fashion, the Biden administration attempted to conceal the reality of a historic crisis they created by releasing final FY 2022 border numbers late on a Friday evening [Oct. 21], hoping in vain that no one would notice on the eve of consequential midterm elections. After digging through them, we can see why.”
He added, “One thing is clear: These record-breaking numbers are a direct consequence of open-borders policies implemented by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the person who appointed him, President Joe Biden. This deliberate sabotage of our nation’s immigration laws demands that the president remove Mayorkas from his position immediately. Otherwise, the impeachment of his disgraced cabinet member is sure to be one of the first orders of business in the next Congress.”
“Nothing will improve until there is a public servant leading the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who believes in borders—and secure ones at that,” Stein concluded.
“We cannot even begin to reverse this disaster so long as our nation’s immigration policies are in the hands of someone who is bent on compounding it. No matter how late at night this administration releases data, the numbers still speak for themselves. President Biden needs to clean house at DHS, and, if he is not prepared to do it, Congress needs to clean it for him, beginning with the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas.”