Washington – Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas on Sunday defended the Biden administration’s immigration policy afterwho were abandoned in the back of a tractor trailer, saying US immigration officials have repeatedly warned against traveling to the southern border.
“We’ve said over and over again and we keep warning people not to make the dangerous journey,” Mayorcas said in an interview with Face the Nation. “We have tragically seen in San Antonio, Texas, one potentially tragic outcome of that perilous journey and a lot of people don’t make it that far into the hands of exploitative smugglers. And we continue to enforce immigration law, as is our legal responsibility.”
The minister said migrants who travel through Central America to the US-Mexico border often receive false information from smugglers that encourage them to attempt the journey.
“They are putting their lives and savings in the hands of these exploitative organizations, these criminal organizations that don’t care about their lives and only seek profit,” he said.
The deaths of 53 immigrants left in a tractor trailer in the sweltering San Antonio heat appears to be the worst case of people smuggling in recent US history. Its federal feeagainst four people allegedly connected to the murder.
Mayorcas said the Biden administration is working closely with Mexico to dismantle migrant caravans seeking to cross the border into the United States, and said that addressing the large number of immigrants arriving along the southern border presents a “regional challenge that requires a regional response.”
“These are highly sophisticated transnational criminal organizations,” he said. “They have evolved over the past 30 years.” “In the 1990s, I prosecuted them and they were much more primitive. Now, they are very sophisticated, they use technology and they are extraordinarily organized transnational criminal enterprises.”
But Mayorcas said the United States has also ramped up its efforts with technology and manpower, with border authorities saving more than 10,000 lives this year.
“Can a truck pass by sophisticated means? Sometimes, yes,” he said. “But I have to say, more drugs have been blocked in ports of entry than ever before. We have saved more migrants. We are seeing a truly regional, hemispheric-scale challenge, and we are dealing with it accordingly.”
While the Biden administration continues to defend its immigration policyFrom immigrant fears in May and a deadly smuggling campaign in Texas, she secured a victory in the Supreme Court on Thursday, when To dismantle Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy.
Under the program enacted under former President Donald Trump, asylum seekers were required to await trial outside the United States.
Mayorcas said the department was “happy” with the decision and said the “Stay in Mexico” program had “chronic flaws” and “unexplained human costs.”