Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded Monday that the surge of the COVID-19 delta variant on the border took him unexpectedly.
Talking just about on the 18th Annual Immigration Legislation and Coverage Convention at Georgetown College, Mayorkas said, “What I didn’t expect was the tragic rise of the delta variant. And we took a step back by reason of that. I did not expect to be in late September where we are.”
“We are confronted with a population of people that, as a general matter, that have a rate of illness of approximately 20%,” he continued. “When one is speaking of 7,000 or 7,500 people encountered at the border every day, if one takes a look at that the system, it is not built for that in a COVID environment where isolation is required.”
Mayorkas’ feedback got here a day after he told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that roughly 12,000 Haitian migrants have been launched into america amid the surge on the border in current weeks.
“Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas stated concerning the variety of these launched. He additionally stated that quantity may enhance after 5,000 different instances are processed.
“It could be even higher. The number that are returned could be even higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it,” he added.
Former President Trump launched a press release Sunday blasting the Biden administration for releasing the migrants, claiming they’re doing so “with no vetting, checking or even minimal understanding of who they are.”
“Some are very sick with extremely contagious diseases, even worse than the China Virus. They are not masked or mandated, but just let free to roam all over our Country and affect what was just a year ago, a great Nation,” Trump stated.