The DHS secretary promptly took a defensive position. Mayorkas asserted that “nothing new” is taking place right now. He also falsely claimed that illegal immigration to the tune of what we’re seeing now is basically par for the course.
However, Wallace pointed out that information from Mayorkas’ own department contradicts his statements. The Fox News anchor explained to the DHS secretary that DHS statistics document worsening rises of migrants crossing the southern border since Biden became president.
Once again, though, Mayorkas pivoted. The DHS secretary then professed that “the law” allows migrants to make asylum requests to the United States. Mayorkas later stated that during the years of 2010, 2014, and 2019, illegal immigration rates heightened.
Reactions from the American public
Americans largely criticized the rhetoric of the DHS secretary during his Fox News interview. Critics accused Mayorkas of attempting to pass the buck and refusing to hold the Biden administration accountable.