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DHS boss Mayorkas passes buck to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for migrant crisis

Homeland Secretary Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas blamed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday for the scores of migrants pouring into blue cities and states across the country — without any examination of the Biden administration’s own policies.

“Let me identify one fundamental problem here, and that is the fact that we have one governor in the state of Texas who is refusing to cooperate with other governors and other local officials,” Mayorkas said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in response to grumbling from Democratic mayors — including New York’s Eric Adams — over a lack of federal help to deal with the new arrivals.

“It’s a remarkable failure of governance to refuse to cooperate with one’s fellow local and state officials.”

At least 95,000 migrants have been flown or bussed out of Texas to so-called “sanctuary cities” such as New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles— over the objections of officials in those destinations — since Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March 2021, according to the governor’s office.

Alejandro Mayorkas slighted the Texas governor for his busing gambit of shipping migrants to blue cities across the country. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Meanwhile, the Lone Star State is currently in a court fight with the White House over the laying of razor wire near the border to deter illegal migration — which the Biden administration has said it wants to cut up.

In response to Mayorkas, Abbott harped on the secretary’s suggestion that “climate change, poverty, increasing level of authoritarianism” were the root causes of the surge at the border.

“Climate change? Mayorkas is pathetic,” Abbott wrote on X. “The REAL reason illegal immigration records are being set is because Biden refuses to enforce immigration laws.

“We will send more buses and planes,” the governor went on. “We will continue building the razor wire walls that Biden wants to tear down.”

Mayorkas also insisted that the DHS has taken steps to confront “the challenges that cities across the country are facing.”

On Dec. 27, Adams issued an executive order requiring charter bus companies carrying migrants alert the city’s Emergency Management Office at least 32 hours before arriving in the Big Apple.

Greg Abbott has bused migrants to blue cities as a means of alleviating the problem at home and poking Democrats for the migrant crisis. Getty Images

The order also limits drop-off hours to between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. daily at a single location, on West 41st Street between Eight and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan.

“We cannot allow buses with people needing our help to arrive without warning any hour of day and night,” Adams said at the time. “This not only prevents us from providing assistance and orderly way, it puts those who have already suffered so much in danger.”

On Tuesday, Adams floated expanding the bus order to apply to planes and trains carrying migrants as well.

US Customs and Border Protection officers take an immigrant child from her mother after they crossed the border from Mexico in Eagle Pass, Texas. AFP via Getty Images

“We’re dealing with a person who just wants to disrupt,” Adams said of Abbott, adding that his order was “to send the right message to bus operators — ‘You should not participate in the actions of Governor Abbott.’”

New York City has taken in over 161,000 migrants over the past 18 months, according to city officials, an influx which has strained the Big Apple’s finances.

During fiscal year 2023, which ended Sept. 30, more than 2.47 million encounters with migrants were reported along the US-Mexico border, according to data from US Customs and Border Protection. That number does not include an estimated 670,000 “gotaways” who eluded authorities.

Alejandro Mayorkas is facing impeachment murmurs from House Republicans. REUTERS

There were nearly 2.4 million arrests in fiscal 2022, following a then record-breaking 1.7 million stops in fiscal 2021.

Further complicating the problem is the fact that many migrants come up to the border and claim asylum before getting released into the US to wait for a court date to hear their case.

The backlog to adjudicate asylum cases blew past three million in November, per Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

“That backlog is a powerful example of how broken our immigration system is,” Mayorkas argued Wednesday.

Biden has been blamed for encouraging the wave of migration through a number of executive actions as president.

Notably, the 81-year-old halted construction of former President Donald Trump’s US-Mexico border wall on his first day as president, and in June 2021 terminated the “Remain in Mexico” policy that required most asylum seekers to wait south of the border while their case is heard.

Written by SaleemBaloch

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