Mayorkas Defends Handling of Southern Border in House Hearing
Summary from AllSides News Team
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where he was questioned and criticized by Republican committee members for his handling of unauthorized immigration at the southern border.
Key Quotes: In his opening remarks, Mayorkas stated, “Our approach to managing the border securely and humanely, even within our fundamentally broken immigration system, is working. Unlawful entries between ports of entry along the southwest border have consistently decreased by more than half compared to the peak before the end of Title 42.” Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) pushed back on this, accusing Mayorkas of trying to paint “a rosy picture of this disastrous mismanagement,” and stating, “the numbers don’t lie.”
Details: Republican committee members previously floated the idea of proceeding with impeachment hearings for Mayorkas. This option was mentioned during the hearing but did not dominate the conversation. The Hill (Center bias) quoted a Republican aide determining this was because Republican lawmakers have “moved onto bigger fish,” potentially including President Joe Biden.
How The Media Covered It: Right-rated outlets covered the hearing most prominently, framing stories around criticisms from Republican committee members. Unauthorized immigration data was framed in different ways across the spectrum. CNN (Lean Left bias) repeatedly noted that in the month of June, Border Patrol reported the “lowest monthly border encounters since February 2021.” Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) did not note this statistic, instead broadly reporting that the Border Patrol is experiencing its “highest illegal immigration encounters in U.S. history.”
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