Biden Blindsided By Secretly Recorded Leaked Audio

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There has been an unwillingness on the part of the Biden administration to call the situation at the southern border a crisis, but they insist it is simply a challenge.

Yesterday, Townhall reporter Julio Rosas quoted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas talking about a recent meeting he held with Customs and Border Protection agents.

Despite trying to empathize with the tough situations CBP agents face, Mayorkas’ answers didn’t seem to satisfy the agents. In fact, one agent even turned his back on him.

“I know the policies of this administration are not particularly popular with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but that’s the reality and let’s see what we can do within that framework,” Mayorkas added.

An agent pressed Mayorkas on how DHS can reconcile saying border security is the main mission for Border Patrol, yet agents are unable to patrol the border due to the policies the Biden administration has in place. Border Patrol agents are being utilized to process the thousands of illegal immigrants…

According to sources present at the meeting and the audio recording, the agent who asked the question then turned his back on Mayorkas.

One of the CBP agents pointed out that there is overcrowding at migrant processing centers, and it is “demoralizing” to be attacked by politicians when CBP agents frequently rescue migrants.

In response to this question, a third agent wondered why so few migrants are being placed into the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “Remain in Mexico.”

A court forced the Biden administration to reinstate that Trump-era program despite attempts to terminate it.

Despite a massive rise in border encounters, only 300 migrants enrolled in MPP last month.

It’s because the administration is still in negotiations with Mexico, according to Mayorkas.

“The numbers are not where they need to be. I agree with that,” he said.

Mayorkas admitted that it is a “very significant problem” that migrants can apply for asylum in the country and then their cases are resolved “6 to 8 years later.”

“That’s been the way it is for about 20, 25 years,” he added.

The large backlog of cases creates an effective mechanism for gaming the US justice system.

It is the administration’s goal to streamline the processing of these cases to six months from start to finish, Mayorkas announced.

Compared to 85-90% of migrants who pass a “credible fear” interview and seek asylum, only about 20 percent get their claims granted by a judge, he said.

In theory, migrants would not be able to enter the country for 6-8 years after speeding up the process; at that point they will never leave regardless of what a judge eventually rules on their case. The admission illustrates how broken the current asylum system is.

In fact, Mayorkas declared some gaps in the border wall would be filled. He was bleak but accurate in his assessments.

“Look, it’s worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever,” Mayorkas said at another point in the meeting, regarding the overall situation at the border.

One exasperated agent told Mayorkas the situation in the Yuma Sector was much better under former President Donald Trump because “everyone was doing their jobs.”

In the Biden administration’s exchanges, it’s unclear if they have any real plans to deal with this situation or if they are simply trying their best to keep CBP agents working through the crisis.

The combination of this and the secretive flights of migrants to New York gives the impression that the border is intended to remain out of the spotlight.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published statistics on migrant apprehensions at the Southwest border in December on January 24.

170,186 illegal migrants were apprehended there last month, a significant increase over the previous month. (Total “encounters,” including ones by CBP officers at ports of entry, were 178,840.) Of more concern is the increase in apprehensions during a time when they should be decreasing, and the fact that nearly half a million have already been recorded in FY 2022.

There are already major issues on the border, and unless something happens to change policy things will get worse.

Under the Biden administration (which began on January 20), apprehensions during the calendar year 2021 illustrate how illegal immigration has increased under the fiscal year calendar (October 1 to September 30).

Agents of the Border Patrol in the Southwest border region captured 1,946,012 illegal migrants in 2021. The period includes the last 20 days of the outgoing Trump administration, and illegal immigration did not really get started until March of Biden’s presidency.

Currently, total apprehensions at the Southwest border are expected to exceed 2.1 million from January 2021 through January 2022 – a number unparalleled in Southwest border history.

The administration considers the situation a success regardless of what actually happens on the ground, as long as the media continues to ignore the situation, and nothing suggests that Biden is planning to change anytime soon.

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