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Josh Hawley Reads Alejandro Mayorkas the Riot Act in Senate Homeland Security Hearing
There have been multiple calls for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down given the disastrous handling of the southern border by the Biden administration.
There have been multiple calls for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down given the disastrous handling of the southern border by the Biden administration. Tuesday was no exception to that. Mayorkas appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security to testify regarding the President’s proposed budget request for fiscal year 2024 for the Department of Homeland Security. When it came time for Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) to question Mayorkas, there were zero punches pulled.
To be perfectly clear, the “RIPS Secretary Mayorkas to SHREDS” in Townhall’s tweet isn’t hyperbole. I don’t know if the good Senator ate his Wheaties before Tuesday morning’s hearing, but he certainly came loaded for bear.
The entire clip is a bit over eight minutes, but it’s worth the listen/watch if you’ve a taste for shredded cabinet official. I’m including some of the highlights below.
Hawley: Let’s talk about the surge in child smuggling and child exploitation that is happening on your watch. Do you know the number of unaccompanied children who have come across the border on your watch?
Mayorkas: Senator, I don’t have that number at my disposal, but I can assure you that we are incredibly dedicated to the safety and security of those children —
Hawley: Well it doesn’t appear so based on what we’re reading today in the New York Times, what we’re reading and seeing from numbers from your own office. The answer to my question, by the way, is 345,807 — that’s the number of unaccompanied children — children — who have come across the border on your watch. Do you know what’s happening to these children? Have you seen this report from the New York Times — “Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the United States” — have you seen this?
Mayorkas: Senator, I have and let me share with you what we are doing —
Hawley: Have you seen these numbers? These are reports of of trafficking and abuse of migrant children — you can see a massive surge that begins to happen when? Oh! When you come to office, in 2021! Huge surge, reports of trafficking, reports of neglect and abuse.