Senator Ted Cruz, R TexasHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas lashed out during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on border security, blaming him for the rape and murder of children engulfed in the border crisis.
“Mr. Secretary, I want to tell you right now,” Cruz said, “your conduct is disgraceful. The deaths, the children who have been assaulted, the children who have been raped, are at your feet. If you have integrity, you will resign.” Mallorcas in dealing with the border crisis. “Men and women of the Border Patrol, they have never had a political leader to undermine them. They despise you, Mr. Secretary, because you are willing to allow children to be raped for following political orders. This is a crisis. It is a crisis. It is a crisis. A disgrace. You will not even acknowledge this human tragedy because it is a crisis.” “.
The exchange comes as Republicans have reportedly sought to heighten tensions over Majorcas in the wake of the dramatic testimony by Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz earlier this month in which Ortiz revealed several points of contention with the Biden administration over Border securityincluding halting border wall construction and policies that he said made it difficult for them to do their jobs.
Ortiz also stated that the US has no operational control of the border, an assertion that contradicts testimony from Mallorcas last year.
“In five of those nine southwest border sectors, we’ve seen an increase in influx that’s put a huge strain on our resources and forced border guards to move agents and even migrants to some other areas,” Ortiz said. .
a house home security Committee chair Mark Green, R-Ten, told Fox News Digital last week that Ortiz’s remarks were “shattering things” and indicated a desire for Mayorcas and others to testify about the situation before the committee.
“I think we want to talk to all of the sector heads, but certainly the five who are struggling with overflow right now and get their views,” he said. “And then, at some point, Secretary Mayorcas is going to have to come in and answer the question — did he lie to Congress, or is he just ignorant of the definition in the code of what defines operational security?”
during the day on wednesday Senate committee hearingCruz Mayorcas asked why some immigrants at the border were wearing wristbands, something the Homeland Security secretary admitted he did not know.
This answer further angered Cruz, who argued that it revealed Mallorcas to be “incompetent”.
“You don’t know what they are. Mr. Secretary, you just testified before the American people. You’re incompetent at your job,” Cruz said. “You’ve been to the southern border. And if you go to the southern border, along the southern border, you see thousands Of these bracelets because illegal immigrants wear them. Drug cartels, each color corresponds to how many thousands of dollars they owe to the cartels. I’ve turned these cartels into multi-billion dollar criminal organizations.”