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Mayorkas: 'border is not open’

Randy Mancini 20 May 12
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

OAN Roy Francis
10:51 AM – Friday, May 12, 2023

After Title 42 was lifted on Thursday, the Biden administration have said that they have implemented “sweeping new policies” which are designed to restrict access into the United States.

We have 24,000 Border Patrol Agents and Officers at the Southwest Border and have surged thousands of troops and contractors, and over a thousand asylum officers to help enforce our laws. Do not believe the lies of smugglers. The border is not open. (2/4)

— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) May 12, 2023

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, said that 24,000 Border Patrol agents and officers have recently been reassigned to the border to help enforce U.S. laws.

“The border is not open,” he said on Thursday. “Starting tonight, people who arrive at the border without using a lawful pathway will be presumed ineligible for asylum. We are ready to humanely process and remove people without a legal basis to remain in the US.”

“People who do not use available lawful pathways to enter the U.S. now face tougher consequences, including a minimum five-year ban on re-entry and potential criminal prosecution,” the secretary added. “Together with our partners throughout the federal government and Western Hemisphere, we are prepared for this transition.”

Earlier on Thursday, Mayorkas warned that the U.S. should expect to see a rise in the number of encounters along the border due to the ending of Title 42, however, he said that they are prepared and that their “plan will deliver results.”

“We expected to see large numbers of encounters initially. We are already seeing high numbers of encounters in certain sectors,” Mayorkas said. “This places an incredible strain on our personnel, our facilities and our communities with whom we partner closely. We prepared for this moment for almost two years and our plan will deliver results. It will take time for those results to be fully realized, and it is essential that we all take this into account.”

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas: "We expected to see a large numbers of encounters initially." 

"Our borders are not open."@OANN