Republicans have completed the third phase of their investigation into Sec. This time, Alejandro Mayorkas focused on the “human cost” of the border crisis.
The Homeland Security Committee is conducting a five-phase investigation into Mayorkas and his decisions that have led to unprecedented illegal border crossings. A trial that could lead to the impeachment of President Joe Biden’s DHS secretary.
At the end of the investigation, the panel will present its findings to the Judiciary Committee, which will then decide whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas.
The report addressed the effects that “Mayorka’s coldly calculated, political decision to open the border” is having on Americans, migrants and law enforcement.
The Homeland Security Committee releases a new phase of their report that sets the stage for possible impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (photo in May 2023)
“This self-inflicted crisis has exacted a terrible human cost across our country,” Mark Green, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told DailyMail.com in a statement about the report.
“Since Secretary Mayorkas took office, we have watched in horror as fentanyl has increasingly spread into our communities, criminal illegal aliens have crossed the border, and law enforcement has been completely overwhelmed. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of vulnerable people, including children, have been trafficked or smuggled across the border by the cartels, where they endure forced labor, sex trafficking and other horrific situations,” added Rep. Green (R-Tenn.) added.
“Secretary Mayorkas” dereliction of duty is at the center of these horrors, and instead of changing course on the policies that got us here, he has merely redoubled his defense of them. It is unacceptable and we continue to educate the public about what this crisis has cost us all.”
The second part of the report elaborated on the consequences law enforcement agencies face as a result of this extremely stressful situation, citing the 152 border agents who have committed suicide since 2007.
Part one focused on fentanyl, noting that 105,000 people in the US have died from overdoses of the dangerous narcotic, as well as others illegally trafficked across the southern border.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has seized approximately 58 million fentanyl pills and 13,000 pounds of fentanyl powder in 2022.
The second part of the report delved deeper into the consequences law enforcement agencies are facing from this extremely stressful situation, including 152 cases of suicide by border agents since 2007.
The fentanyl and drug trafficking crisis has exploded at the border under Mayorkas’ leadership. Part one of the report notes that 105,000 people will have died from fentanyl overdoses in 2022 — and that the Drug Enforcement Agency seized approximately 58 million fentanyl-infused pills and 13,000 pounds of fentanyl powder that same year.
Fentanyl has so penetrated the country that communities in the Alaskan wilderness – reachable only by seaplane or snow machine – such as the 800-resident town of Chevak, have found fentanyl pills, according to testimony from Sandy Snodgrass of the AK Fentanyl Response Project.
And now that the facilities are being shored up, more officers are being pulled from the front lines to do administrative work, allowing “the cartels to exploit more holes,” the report said.
“They often use sophisticated tactics, such as pushing a group of illegal aliens across the border into one sector, knowing that Border Patrol agents will respond, and then smuggling drugs like fentanyl into the unguarded parts of the border that their initial tactics,” it said.
CBP and ICE personnel say they feel ‘completely overwhelmed’ and tell the Department of Homeland Security (IG) Inspector General that they feel unable to do the work they signed up for and that they want to stop. Many see a significant decline in their mental health.
The report also notes that while Mayorkas has directed officers to prioritize arresting those who have escaped to the U.S. with criminal backgrounds, the number of criminal migrant arrests as a percentage of total arrests has declined.
In fiscal year 2020, 90 percent of ICE arrests were of immigrants with criminal records; in fiscal year 2022, only 32 percent of those arrested by ICE had a criminal record.
CBP has also stopped reporting how many migrants have died on U.S. soil, the report said.
Mayorkas’ coldly calculated, political decision to open the border.
Perhaps no profession has been hit harder by Mayorkas’ border crisis than federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.