Association of sheriffs from 17 states sign a letter declaring ‘no confidence’ in Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and urges Biden to replace him with someone who will ‘enforce the rule of law’
- The Western States Sheriffs’ Association demanded the removal of Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security Secretary for his handling of border crisis
- It said sheriffs ‘watched in disbelief’ as the border became an ‘invisible line’
- And it pointed finger at Mayorkas for his ‘personal and political ideologies’
- It comes soon after Customs and Border Protection revealed 1.7 million people had been detained at the border – a record number
The Western States Sheriffs’ Association, representing 17 states, is demanding the removal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis.
It has issued a declaration of ‘no confidence’ in Mayorkas, warning of a ‘complete and total breakdown’ in efforts to stop illegal crossings.
‘America’s sheriffs have watched in disbelief as the southern border has turned into an invisible line in the sand,’ the association says in a letter signed by its president, Sheriff Leo Dutton of Lewis and Clark County, Montana, and retired Sheriff James Pond, its executive director.
‘Border patrol agents have been relegated to daycare supervisors at housing units and when they do attempt to act, they are scrutinized, placed on administrative leave, and investigated for political gain.’
Their intervention came at the end of a record breaking year.
Data published by Customs and Border Protection last month revealed that 1.7 million migrants were arrested at the southern border in the 2021 fiscal year.
The Western Sheriffs States Sheriffs Association said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be removed over his handling of the border crisis.
The Western States Sheriffs Association demanded the removal of Mayorkas in its letter
That surpasses the previous record set in 2000 when the agency recorded 1.64 million arrests.
The surging numbers have intensified pressure on the Biden administration to act, and forced Vice President Kamala Harris – handed the task of reducing the flow of migrants – on to the defensive.
The sheriffs point the finger at Mayorkas and his policies.
‘Since his appointment we have seen his policies enacted that are personal and political ideologies that continue to dismantle the security of our country and the enforcement efforts of the hardworking federal officers assigned to an extremely difficult task,’ they say.
In addition, drugs smuggled across the border are costing American lives.
‘Massive amounts of drugs are moving across interstate highways and small rural roads to a town near you. American citizens continue to die from overdoses in this country at an alarming level each and every day,’ they write.
‘Statistics now show that more people have died in the U.S. from fentanyl that from COVID in the past 20 months.’
The move was backed by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.).
‘Secretary Mayorkas must be held accountable for the crisis he has created at our border,’ he said.
Data published by Customs and Border Protection last month revealed that 1.7 million migrants were arrested at the southern border in the 2021 fiscal year
Migrants, mostly Haitians, queue outside a stadium to apply for humanitarian visas to be able to cross through Mexican territory to reach the U.S. border, in Tapachula, Mexico November 22, 2021.
‘Instead of implementing policies to secure our border and protect Americans, he continues to push policies that restrict the enforcement of our laws and incentivize and reward illegal immigration.’
Mayorkas defended his record before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, saying he was proud of the job he was doing.
But Republicans members hammered him for failing to prevent crossings.
Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him whether the U.S. had more ‘control over the border now than we did under Trump?’
‘I think that we have more control consistent with our values as a nation,’ said Mayorkas, which led to fresh accusations that controls had been relaxed under Biden.
A recent poll suggests that voters are increasingly concerned about the Biden administration’s record.
Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the president’s record on immigration, according to USA Today poll earlier this month, which put Biden’s overall approval rating at 38 percent.
This week brought some welcome news for the administration’s efforts to head off the surge in migrants
Thousands of migrants in southern Mexico accepted a government offer to abandon a caravan bound for the U.S. in return for Mexican visas, officials said on Tuesday.
The Biden administration – and the Trump administration before it – have urged Mexico to do more to prevent migrants passing through on the way to the U.S.