Washington – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday A bipartisan Senate proposal It would allow US border agents to continue deporting immigrants without a court hearing as a “band-aid fix.”
“What we need is our system fixed,” Mayorkas said in an interview with “Face the Nation.” “This is not a Band-Aid solution.”
Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and independent Sen. Kirsten Cinema of Arizona introduced the bill last week that would allow the United States to deport immigrants for two years after the pandemic-era emergency rule, known as Title 42Wind down this week.
Sinema, who was a Democrat until December 2022, accused The Biden administration has failed to “plan ahead and implement realistic, actionable plans” when Title 42 expires.
The mayor said he disagreed.
He said, we have been preparing for this for quite some time. “We’ve tried repeatedly to end Title 42 and the courts have blocked it, so we’re ready.”
Responding to criticism that the administration is not doing enough to prevent illegal crossings, Mayorkas said it has been pushing for immigration legislation “from day one.”
The Biden administration announcement In the past month it has been setting up migrant processing centers in Latin America, increasing deportations and expanding legal immigration pathways as it tries to reduce the number of illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border. Mayorkas said the processing centers in Colombia should be operational “within weeks.”
Title 42 allowed the Trump and Biden administrations to quickly deport immigrants starting in March 2020 without having to process their asylum claims. The policy is set to expire nationally on Thursday COVID-19 The public health emergency has expired. Officers to expect Migrant arrivals can range from 10,000 to 13,000 per day.
The administration is sending 1,500 active-duty troops to El Paso, Texas to assist with customs and border security. Soldiers will do office work, Mayorkas said, so Customs and Border Protection agents can go into the field.
Mayorkas indicated that illegal crossings could increase once the policy expires.
“It’s going to take some time for our plan to really take off to understand that people can access legal, safe, orderly routes before they reach the border.”
Camilo Montoya-Galvez contributed to this report.