Biden’s DHS Chief: Migrants are our ‘highest priority’ (not protecting America from terrorists sneaking over)

WASHINGTON, DC – The Secretary of Homeland Security has declared that the agency’s “highest priority” is to reunite immigrant children left behind in the United States when their parents were deported by the Trump administration.

The agency was originally formed to protect Americans from terrorism.

The director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian, has called the announcement part of the Biden administration’s effort to distract from the crisis growing at the southern border:

“(The administration) is distracting attention from their own responsibility for screwing up the border.”

During an interview on May 4, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that four deported families would be permitted to re-enter the United States to live with a child or teenager they left behind:

“This is our highest priority to reunite these families… these are young people in their formative years, these are sometimes children as young as three years old. We are addressing the needs and vulnerabilities of not only the child but of course their mothers, their fathers, the people that make up these families.

“We need … [to] develop a process where we can systemically bring them into this country safely and begin the healing process.”

Kirkorian said that the administration’s focus on reuniting illegal immigrant families and blaming their separation on former President Donald Trump is designed by Democrats to create a false narrative:

“It’s [Donald] Trump flagellation actually, because [the message that] ‘Trump is responsible for the evil of family separation’ is the most emotionally potent message for Democrats … They’re turning it into a defining issue [for immigration policy] in a way that is simply not supported by the facts.”

The administration wants to bring American’s focus toward the plight of a few thousand immigrant children at a time when the border is hemorrhaging.

According to a report in Breitbart, Customs and Border Protection says more than 185,000 migrants escaped Border Patrol apprehension this fiscal year.

A source said that more than 30,000 illegal aliens avoided capture in just the last 22 days.

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The administration has come under fire for creating an incentive for illegal aliens to separate before entering the United States so that the children can be a catalyst for the remainder of the family to be admitted.

Once the child is safely inside the United States, parents and extended family can reach out for entry under the reunification policy.

A reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the issue on April 15. The reporter asked:

“Some of your own administration’s immigration [officials] … have said that some migrant families are, in their words, ‘self-separating’ at the border and sending their kids across alone because they know that unaccompanied minors are not going to be turned away.”

In her answer, Psaki seemed to acknowledge the side-door entry exists:

“Well, you’re right. That certainly is an unintended consequence … even as families are doing that, a number of these kids are still in — taking a very dangerous journey.”

However, she said that the administration has no intention of changing course:

“I don’t think we have any intention to rethink our approach to treating kids humanely and ensuring that they are safe when they cross the border.”

In an issue separate from the administration’s distraction from the crisis at the border, another issue is created by Mayorkas’ claim that migrant child reunification is the Department of Homeland Security’s “highest priority.”

The Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) was created on November 25, 2002, in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001. The lack of coordination and intelligence sharing among government agencies was a central concern that led to the cabinet department’s creation.

Under the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the primary mission of DHS is to prevent terrorist attacks within the united states, minimize the damage and assist in the recovery from terrorist attacks that do occur within the United States, and monitor connections between illegal drug trafficking and terrorism, coordinate efforts to sever such connections, and otherwise contribute to efforts to interdict illegal drug trafficking.

Unification of illegal immigrant families does not fall under the primary objectives of the department. In a 2019 article, CNN’s Zachery Wolf wrote that DHS is not fulfilling its purpose:

“The focus of DHS senior leadership has clearly shifted in the direction of immigration enforcement. The first item listed as a priority in the department’s $47.5 billion budget request for 2020 is ‘securing our borders.’ The second priority listed is ‘Enforcing our immigration laws.’”

Although the shift occurred during the Trump administration, Mayorkas has now made the border the primary focus of the department, not terrorism.

The change in focus comes at a dangerous time, as President Biden announced the complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

When the President announced the withdrawal plans in April. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted the decision shortly after:

“A full withdrawal from Afghanistan is dumber than dirt and devilishly dangerous. President Biden will have, in essence, canceled an insurance policy against another 9/11.

“I find it ironic that, given the sacrifices we’ve made to move Afghanistan forward, prevent another 9/11, and ensure the enduring defeat of al Qaeda and ISIS, that on the 20th anniversary of the attack we’re paving the way for another attack.”

CIA Director William J. Burns testified before the Senate in April that the presence of U.S. and coalition forces has enhanced the intelligence community’s ability to monitor terrorist threats in the country, including those that could affect the United States directly, and that that ability will diminish when forces leave.



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