According to Breitbart News, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas just ignored the fact that migrant deaths have soared under his watch.
Mayorkas did so while slamming the Trump administration’s southern border policies.
Mayorkas, in particular, resurrected the old Democrat narrative that former President Donald Trump’s policies resulted in the wrongful separation of illegal immigrant families at the southern border.
Mayorkas continued this narrative in a statement that he released on Thursday.
“Cruel and inhumane”
Mayorkas released the statement on the “second anniversary of the Family Reunification Task Force that President Biden established soon after he assumed office.”
According to the DHS, the task force’s objectives are “to identify the remaining separated children, facilitate their reunification with their families, provide needed support services to reunified families, and prevent future family separations.”
In his latest statement, Mayorkas praised the work of the task force.
Thanks to the tireless work of public servants across the federal government and the critical partnership of non-governmental organizations, the Department of Homeland Security and the Task Force it leads has thus far reunited more than 600 children who were separated from their families under the prior administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
Mayorkas, though, also went on to indirectly attack Trump by saying, “we reaffirm our commitment to work relentlessly to reunite the other families who suffered because of the prior cruel and inhumane policy – a policy that did not reflect the values of our nation.”
The part Mayorkas leaves out
Breitbart News, in its report, cites several pieces of evidence that demonstrate that Mayorkas’s narrative that the Trump administration’s policies were bad and the Biden administration’s policies are good is simply false.
“Mayorkas’s policies have caused far more deaths — and family separations — than the policies established by President Donald Trump,” Breitbart reports.
Breitbart, as one piece of evidence, cites a report from the International Organization for Migration´s (IOM) Missing Migrants Project (MMP). The report states:
More than 1,238 lives have been lost during migration in the Americas in 2021, among them at least 51 children . . . At least 728 of these deaths occurred on the United States-Mexico border crossing, making this the deadliest land crossing in the world, according to the data.
Breitbart cites several other pieces of evidence that show the same thing.
The numbers make it clear that – contrary to what Mayorkas claims – it is the Biden administration’s open border policies that are causing more harm to illegal immigrants than the policies of the Trump administration.