Mayorkas Struggles to Explain Open Border After Wallace Grilling

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On CNN’s Sunday night long form interview show Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, the eponymous host sat down with the incompetent Biden Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. While you may think that this blog will detail a softball interview by Wallace, that isn’t the case this time. It appears Wallace hasn’t completely sold out to his CNN puppet master Chris Licht.

Right off the bat, Wallace grilled Mayorkas on his and Biden’s failure to secure the border. A major point Wallace made was that Mayorkas apparently believes the border is secured, evidenced by his numerous public statements. 

“Critics point out in 2020, Donald Trump’s final year in office, U.S. border authorities encountered migrants 458,000 times at the border but under Joe Biden in 2022, there were 2.3 million encounters,” Wallace observed before asking Mayorkas “how can you say the border is secure?”

Mayorkas blamed the “millions of jobs opening due to the economic success of this administration” for the explosion in illegal immigrants flowing across the border. 

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“That makes the United States an appealing place of destination for people fleeing persecution or otherwise in desperate need of a better life,” he claimed. 

Wallace followed up by asking “what does secure mean to you? It certainly doesn’t mean that people aren’t able to get across the border illegally.”

“Of course not,” Mayorkas responded. Adding that “by that measure, the border has never been secure, right?”

The following back and forth between Wallace and Mayorkas was eye opening and made it crystal clear how out of touch with reality the Biden regime is (click “expand” to read): 

WALLACE: So by what measure is it secure now, sir? 

MAYORKAS: There is not a common definition of that. 

WALLACE: What’s your definition—

MAYORKAS: What our goal is to achieve operational control of the border to do everything that we can to support our personnel with the resources, the technology, the policies that really advance the security of the border and do not come at the cost of the values of our country. 

After that dysfunctional back and forth, Wallace reiterated once again that the border is unsecured by any reasonable definition: “We have all seen the scenes of floods of people walking across shallow points in the Rio Grande. We’ve all seen the pictures of encampments in downtowns, El Paso, places in Arizona.”

“We’ve all seen the pictures of the flood of migrants coming to New York. By those standards, it is not a secure border,” Wallace added. 

The transcript is below. Click “expand” to read: 

CNN’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?
2/19/2023
7:06:53 p.m. Eastern 

CHRIS WALLACE: Critics point out in 2020, Donald Trump’s final year in office, U.S. border authorities encountered migrants 458,000 times at the border but under Joe Biden in 2022, there were 2.3 million encounters. How can you say the border is secure? 

SECRETARY ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS: Right now, the United States has millions of jobs opening due to the economic success of this administration. We have progressed in conquering the pandemic far more than the countries to the south of Mexico. And that makes the United States an appealing place of destination for people fleeing persecution or otherwise in desperate need of a better life. 

WALLACE: But when you say it’s—what does secure mean to you? It certainly doesn’t mean that people aren’t able to get across the border illegally. 

MAYORKAS: Of course not. That is—by that measure, the border has never been secure, right? Since the Department of Homeland Security was created, individuals have evaded—

WALLACE: So by what measure is it secure now, sir? 

MAYORKAS: There is not a common definition of that. 

WALLACE: What’s your definition—

MAYORKAS: What our goal is to achieve operational control of the border to do everything that we can to support our personnel with the resources, the technology, the policies that really advance the security of the border and do not come at the cost of the values of our country. 

WALLACE: But on the question of security, we have all seen the scenes of floods of people walking across shallow points in the Rio Grande. We’ve all seen the pictures of encampments in downtowns, El Paso, places in Arizona. We’ve all seen the pictures of the flood of migrants coming to New York. By those standards, it is not a secure border.

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