In an interview on Tuesday with Christiane Amanpour on CNN International's "Amanpour," Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, refused to acknowledge that the overwhelming flow of illegal migrants across the U.S. southern border is a crisis. Instead, Mayorkas argued that "extreme weather events" are "triggering migration" and stated that other countries have migration issues as well before citing Chile as an example where the military had to be deployed to the border.
When discussing the threats that are facing the agency, Mayorkas claimed that the threats have grown in "diversity and complexity and footprint as well. You know, I speak often about the fact that homeland security is now converged with national security. We're in an interconnected world. In the cyber realm, in cyberspace, borders are irrelevant. Foreign nation-states attack us through disinformation, by way of ransomware, and other means, irrespective of borders. The challenge of extreme weather events, the gravity, and frequency, not just here in the United States, but internationally and their consequences of triggering migration, the greatest level of migration that we've had in the hemisphere in decades and decades."
At a later point in the interview, Amanpour asked, "Obviously, the other big issue is your border. Many of your opponents call it a border crisis. Do you consider it a crisis in the Biden administration?"
Mayorkas answered, "Christiane, the issues that we have are extraordinarily diverse. I spoke about extreme weather events. I spoke about cybersecurity. You and I have now exchanged about the threat of adverse nation-states that seek to infringe on our and other countries' sovereignty. 20 years ago, when our department was created, it was the foreign terrorists. We now have the challenge of domestic violent extremists. When we speak about the border, we have not put it in context that this is not a challenge - and it is indeed a challenge - not a challenge exclusive to the United States. Chile just deployed its military to its border. Colombia has 2.5 million Venezuelans within its borders. Costa Rica's population is increasingly Nicaraguan. We are seeing a movement of people throughout the hemisphere and, quite frankly, throughout the world, that is historic. It is, for us, no question about it, a very serious challenge and challenge that we are addressing with policies that stay true to our value as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants."
Despite direct questions from Amanpour, Mayorkas continuously dodged direct answers and deflected to other irrelevant and unrelated issues throughout the interview. It is clear from Mayorkas's answers why there is a growing migrant and humanitarian crisis at the southern border - Mayorkas and the Biden administration refuse to even acknowledge the crisis, much less attempt to deal with it.
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