In leaked audio, Mayorkas admits situation at US-Mexico border is ‘worse now than’ in decades, ‘if not ever’

Under President Joe Biden, the situation at the U.S.–Mexico border has spiraled out of control, with record numbers of migrants crossing into America illegally. And despite efforts by his administration to tamp down on the crisis, even White House officials are now admitting things are worse than ever before.

In an exclusive report for Townhall, journalist Julio Rosas outlined the contents of a leaked audio recording of a recent meeting involving Biden Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who admitted on the tape that the situation at America’s southern border is “worse now than” it has been in decades, “if not ever.”

Biden admin admits it

The audio was reportedly recorded in secret by a Border Patrol agent and later leaked to Townhall. After hearing the clips, Rosas reported that the Wednesday meeting involving agents in the Yuma Sector in Arizona “did not go well” for the secretary, who faced sharp criticism and even had one agent turn his back on him.

“The job has not gotten any easier over the last few months and it was very, very difficult throughout 2021,” Mayorkas acknowledged at one point. Later, the secretary said, “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.”

According to Rosas, one agent got into a heated debate with Mayorkas, accusing the Biden administration of preventing agents from doing their jobs to patrol the border. The agent reportedly turned his back after the secretary responded with a canned and oft-repeated response about trying to marshal sufficient resources.

“Let me just say, you can turn your back on me but I’ll never turn my back on you,” Mayorkas said, according to Rosas. But the agent fired back that the secretary was the first to turn his back on the overworked border officers.

Worst in decades

Later on during the meeting, Mayorkas admitted that the situation at the border is worse than it’s been in decades. “Look, it’s worse now than it, frankly, has been in at least 20 years, if not ever,” he said, according to Townhall’s Rosas.

The admission reportedly prompted one agent to remark that things were better under former President Donald Trump, when “everyone was doing their jobs.”

Mayorkas was said to have been “visibly upset” by the pushback he received, as was Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, who was reportedly none too pleased by the tough complaints aimed at the secretary by the agents under his command, according to Rosas.

A “self-inflicted” crisis

The Townhall reporter appeared on Hannity on Wednesday, during which audio clips of the meeting were played, including a portion wherein agents complained about overcrowded detention facilities being cleared out as busloads of migrants were transferred ahead of visits by politicians and other high-ranking officials.

Asked to comment on the tense meeting, Rosas concluded, “This is all self-inflicted and I have yet to meet a single frontline agent — and I’ve been all across the border, mind you — I’ve yet to meet a single frontline agent that has anything positive to say about Biden, Mayorkas, or Border Patrol Chief Ruiz, and I think that’s very telling.”

On Thursday, after the story blew up, Rosas tweeted:

I’ve heard from multiple Border Patrol agents across different sectors that they and others in the agency are really happy the audio got leaked. They want people to know they are fed up and tired of the self-inflicted border crisis.

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