Nearly 13,000 people so far have had their cases heard by immigration judges, and around 5,000 more are still being processed.
- Mayorkas underscored that the system for immigration is working and that “enforcement guidelines” would be met for those who do not appear for court hearings.
- “We have enforcement guideline in place that provide the individuals who are recent border crossers who do not show up for their hearings are enforcement priorities and will be removed,” he said.
- Wallace also noted that there are already 11 million people in the U.S. illegally and asked Mayorkas why the Biden administration did not seek to stop the nearly 30,000 Haitians illegally crossing the border into Del Rio since Sept. 9. In response, Mayorkas claimed the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is evidence of a “broken” system that needs reform and that the Haitian migration wave was met by border personnel surging their resources to handle the crisis.
- “We do not agree with the building of the wall,” Mayorkas said. “The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions”