Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, during his two-day visit to Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday, met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory staff and rank-and-file agents while viewing enforcement operations along the Rio Grande River, in the Rio Grande Valley and at the Port of Anzalduas, and visited the Port Isabel Detention Center. He also boasted about President Barack Obama's successes at border security and immigration enforcement.
Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also met leaders of the decidedly pro-illegal alien group Southern Border Communities Coalition, an organization that is no friend of the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
"The [U.S. Border Patrol] agency has long acted with impunity in border communities. This must end if we are to achieve a meaningful border security in the southern border counties of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, which are home to an estimated 15 million people who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect," according to Christian Ramírez, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), which brings together 60 organizations from the US southern border.
In Fall 2013, the group worked with the ACLU to demand federal officials investigate the Border Patrols "abusive and harassing roving patrols.” They claimed that officers on these details have humiliated, intimidated, and threatened U.S. citizens, assaulted lifelong residents without reason, and damaged their personal property during unlawful searches.
But Mayorkas claimed that under President Barack Obama's administration, Border Patrol apprehensions were at historic lows, reflecting fewer individuals attempting to cross the border; and CBP processed more than $2.3 trillion in trade through our nation’s ports of entry.
"One of the top priorities for this Administration, and for the Department of Homeland Security, is to strengthen our border security while facilitating the lawful trade and travel essential to our economy. The funding to expand and modernize the Laredo Port of Entry reaffirms our commitment,” said Deputy Secretary Mayorkas.
Mayorkas is tied to not only the Obama administration but also to Hillary Clinton. During his confirmation process for the DHS position there were allegations made about possible corruption in his office when he served as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, according to the Associated Press.
AP reported that the inspector general at DHS was investigating Mayorkas' role in getting a visa for a foreign investor for Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company run by Hillary Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham. Mayorkas alleged efforts on behalf of Gulf Coast allegedly happened after the foreign investor's visa application was originally denied and an appeal was later rejected.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), "Understanding that members of Congress ultimately would not ignore the unequivocal objections of their constituents to amnesty, the Obama Administration opted to adopt a strategy of dismantling immigration enforcement in order to achieve the same ends. The Administration hoped that while the American people were focused on unemployment, crashing real estate values, banking scandals, health care reform, foreign policy crises, and countless other issues, they would not notice just what was actually taking place."
"Appointing Mayorkas as the head of immigration enforcement is part of the Obama plan for amnesty and changing the nation's demographic. Let's not fool ourselves -- this president and his party have little use for the laws with which they disagree, and their casual relationship with constitutional law is profound," said former police captain and attorney Kenneth Gallagher, Jr.
In FAIR's report on the Obama administration, they wrote:
"Outright deception on the part of the Administration designed to convince the American public that immigration laws are being vigorously enforced. The Obama Administration repeatedly engages in efforts to inflate its record of deporting illegal aliens. These deceptive practices include the release of data that is later exposed to be inaccurate. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security carefully select data to claim that our "borders are more secure than ever," even as violence along the southern border escalates to alarming proportions.
"The Obama Administration's strategy is to count on the fact that the public and the media will not take notice of each individual and incremental step they are taking to undermine immigration enforcement and grant de facto amnesty to as many illegal aliens as possible. This report exposes the strategy and the policy objectives behind it."