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Reality Check: Failing Biden Border Secretary Gives Administration “A for Effort”

AMAC Exclusive – By Aaron Kliegman


As the U.S. faces a crisis of nightmarish proportions on its southern border, the Biden administration nonetheless seems to think it is doing a terrific job. Last Tuesday, Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, said as much during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Asked by Senator Lindsey Graham how he would grade himself on immigration, Secretary Mayorkas responded, “I’m a tough grader on myself, and I give myself an ‘A’ for effort, investment in mission, and support of our workforce.”

“Rebuilding a broken immigration system and rebuilding a dismantled one takes time,” he said, “and we’re on the road to success.”

The numbers tell a very different story.

According to official data released last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 164,303 illegal migrants at the southern border in October. This means the number of migrants apprehended at the border in October skyrocketed by 128% from the same time last year—and those are just the ones who got caught.

These latest figures are part of a historic surge in illegal border crossings under the Biden administration. Over all 12 months of 2020, during which President Donald Trump was in office, there were about 550,000 illegal migrants encountered by CBP—and most were rapidly sent home. Since President Joe Biden entered office, there have been well over 1.6 million encounters—and most are being released into the United States. To make matters worse, tens of thousands of these illegal aliens are convicted criminals, and many have previously been apprehended at the border.

The data is undeniable: Illegal immigration has gotten much worse under the Biden administration. And unfortunately for President Biden, the American people don’t grade on “effort,” something that is abundantly clear in survey data.

According to a Gallup poll conducted this month, only 31% of Americans approve of the way Biden is handling immigration. A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll conducted last month also found that a mere 35% of registered voters said they approve of the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Even more troubling for Biden, the Harvard/Harris poll found that a majority of Americans think that Biden is encouraging illegal immigration; that Biden is creating an open border, not just trying to enforce the immigration laws more humanely; and that illegal immigration is a serious issue which must be addressed immediately.

In short, the administration is failing the American people’s test. Mayorkas may give himself an A for effort, but the country is giving him and his colleagues an F.

Of course, Mayorkas isn’t the only top Biden official trying to create a false narrative that portrays the administration’s immigration policy as successful. Vice President Kamala Harris, who Biden tasked with handling immigration, echoed Mayorkas in an interview last Thursday, saying the administration is heading in the right direction but needs time to rebuild a broken system it inherited.

“We can’t just flip a switch and make it better,” Harris said. “The reality is that we inherited a system, an immigration system that was deeply broken, and it’s requiring us to actually put it back together in terms of creating a fair process that is effective and efficient.”

What’s so striking about Harris and Mayorkas’s comments is how the data so obviously and objectively proves them wrong. The system implemented under President Trump was working.

One of the most significant factors in the success of Trump’s border efforts was his Remain in Mexico policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols. Under the protocols, asylum seekers from Central America had to stay in Mexico during their immigration proceedings. This proved to be an effective solution to the rampant abuses of America’s asylum system.

The Trump administration also made agreements with many Central American countries — including Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — to curtail asylum fraud. These countries were required to take back migrants who had sought asylum in the U.S. without first seeking protection in a safe third country through which they had passed on their way to the U.S.

Under widely accepted international standards, asylum seekers fleeing persecution are supposed to stop in the first country they reach where they will not be subjected to such persecution.

Biden ripped up these policies immediately upon entering the White House, thereby reopening the floodgates of illegal migration from Central America and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, he and Democrats in Congress are currently working to push through the Build Back Better Act, which just passed the House last week. The current version of the bill includes numerous immigration provisions that would, among other things, provide mass amnesty and allow illegal immigrants to receive taxpayer-funded government benefits and even child tax credits.

Add to this Biden’s promise of $450,000 for migrants separated from their families after illegally crossing the U.S. border, and the result is an immigration policy that only incentivizes more illegal crossings, not fewer.

All this raises an alarming question: Do Biden, Harris, Mayorkas, and the rest of the current administration realize the effects of their policies, and that the American people consider them a dismal failure? Or, perhaps more concerningly, do they just not care?

Either way, while administration officials are safe in their high-rise D.C. apartments, Americans who live in border towns and law enforcement officials throughout the country are left to contend with what has already become an unmitigated disaster. One way or another, with the midterm elections now less than a year away, Biden and Congressional Democrats will have to answer for the destruction their policies have already caused.

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1 month ago

So THAT’S how these people got through school. My grades came from my personal performance. Darn, I could have been a politician. Nah. NEVER forget Afghanistan AND the southern border!

1 month ago

Why don’t they have to answer now? They defy rulings by the courts to put the citizens of this country in danger. They all need to go now. Start doing something about all the clown show hearings taking place with no answers for their destruction and start charging these evil doers for their crimes against not only humanity but the people and country that they lied under oath and vowed to protect

1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

So true. Just compare what they judged President Trump on and what they are ACTUALLY DOING. There’s no contest.

1 month ago

That’s exactly opposite of reality. The Biden administration took an extremely successful border control program and trashed it. He’s even defying the Supreme Court’s order to reinstate the Remain in Mexico program.

1 month ago

Mayorkas is another example of the very ignorant commie Dem party. The complete administration is freaky. I pray everyday that they all disappear…….poof!

1 month ago
Reply to  Karen

Evil will never totally disappear. In this life.

1 month ago

Are they high???

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

Just look at that bald headed idiot taking his oath from the other idiot in the room, the one that thinks she is VP… Mayorkas is a flaming IDIOT & he is doing everything in his power to to obey his boss with respect to the southern border, a place his boss, i.e. Bumbling Biden has yet to visit, then again why would he? It is an utter disaster down there & make no mistake about it, it is all by design…The bald headed IDIOT says things like, ” we are trying to fix the mess left behind by the previous administration. ” The guy says it with a straight face too, an indication he actually believes this nonsense? I looked up the word ” incompetency ” in the dictionary the other day, it referred me to see: Alejandro Mayorkas… :~(
Bill on the Hill… :~)

1 month ago

I love the self-serving term “A for effort”. The problem here is that the “effort” put forth is useless, even harmful for this nation. These folks can pat themselves on the back all they want, it won’t change the disaster they have brought upon our country. They can say all they want about “what a good job they are doing,” but the ‘proof is in the pudding’ as the saying goes. I pray most people with a brain see just what fools they really are. Effort matters little is the results are a failure. The test is in the outcome, not the means to the end, and their agenda tells you the outcome…..massive immigrant numbers to bolster the vote. It’s coming to that and it seems there is little any of us can do to stop it.

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1 month ago

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Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

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Geraldine McGann
1 month ago

More like F for FAILURE!

Steve O
1 month ago

Look at what New York is trying to do for these illegal “citizens” folks !! This is their “road to success” for the Democratic party… As a registered “independent” voter, the path to becoming a Republican is seemingly being forced upon us !!

1 month ago
Reply to  Steve O

There couldn’t be a more drastic difference in the two parties. By supporting your “party” you are either an American or a socialist/marxist/communist/whatever. Pretty simple really.

1 month ago

“A” for effort when little effort is made – especially Kamala Harris – is not justified. “Remain in Mexico” policy and continued construction of the wall would show effort

1 month ago

Biden is not stupid. The real reason he’s opened the borders is he knows, with the government handouts he will provide, that they will vote Democratic and that will help perpetuate the strangle hold the left wing holds on the government and the American citizens.

1 month ago
Reply to  DBM

You have no idea what these people who are ruining our country have in store. I can tell you this much, it is of no benefit to you

Sharon Ormsby
1 month ago

Their policies are treasonous as we have immigration policies already in place according to our constitution! It is definitely an F for Failure.

1 month ago


1 month ago
Reply to  AValkyrie


Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Damn Ego, lives in a bubble to give self an A.
More like F+

Bill on the Hill
1 month ago

Bill on the Hill… :~)

1 month ago

Majorkas, a totally empty suit aiding and abetting the destruction of our country by his willful misconduct in office. Malfeasance of the highest order!

1 month ago

The democrats have one philosophy: If you repeat a lie often and long enough, it will become believable. Unfortunately, they got caught on the Russian hoax. However, they’ll never admit it. Their obedient servants, the media, will just ignore the unfortunate revelation. Hopefully, some of these illegals will start wreaking havoc where Nancy Pelosi and her minions can no longer deny it. Then, the entire situation will be ignored in the media.

1 month ago
Reply to  George

The Democrats are using the Adolf Hitler playbook for making a Socialist regime and seasoning it with some Communist flavorings.

1 month ago

Biden and his entire administration are the worst in US history.

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