One week after Biden’s Homeland security chief, Alejandro Mayorkas denied there is a crisis facing our southern border he asked for volunteers to help with the “overwhelming” surge of migrants. On Monday, Mayorkas requested DHS staff to volunteer, a measure that was also used in 2019 during the Trump administration amidst a border crisis in the spring and summer.
Republican and Democrat lawmakers have pleased for the Biden administration to address the growing immigration crisis facing our borders yet the administration has mostly attempted to sweep it under the rug.
Fox News reports:
“Today, I activated the Volunteer Force to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they face a surge in migration along the Southwest Border,” Mayorkas said in an email to staff, seen by Fox News.
“You have likely seen the news about the overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the Southwest Border,” he said. “President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to balance all of the other critical DHS missions.”
“In 2019, over 900 volunteers deployed to support their CBP colleagues during a similar migration surge,” Mayorkas said. “Please consider joining the Volunteer Force to again provide needed humanitarian support along the Southwest Border and relief for our CBP colleagues.”
It is the latest sign that the administration is gearing up for a migrant crisis similar to that the country faced in 2019, which saw more than 140,000 apprehensions a month at its peak. Border numbers for February will be announced later this week and are expected to show a significant increase over January.
Since taking office, Biden has rolled back a number of Trump-era immigration policies which helped to substantially curb immigration rates. Now, Biden has allowed immigrations to flood our border in the midst of a pandemic.