Mayorkas: 12,000 Migrants Released into U.S. from Del Rio Camp, Number Could Rise
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed in an interview with Fox News Sunday that approximately 12,000 migrants who arrived in Del Rio, Texas in the past two weeks have been released in the United States.
Host Chris Wallace noted that of the 30,000 migrants who came to Del Rio, Mayorkas has already stated that around 12,400 of their cases are being tried by immigration judges, while another 5,000 are still being processed by the Homeland Security Department.
“Of the 17,400 who were not deported or returned to Mexico on their own. . . Wallace asked.
"They're being released on conditions and I think it's about 10,000 or so 12,000," Mayorkas replied. Regarding the 5,000 migrants still in progress, Mayorkas said possible deportations would be based on "our public health and public interest agencies".
"So would we be talking about 12,000 total, or could it be more?" Said Wallace.
"It could be higher [or] the number returned could be higher," Mayorkas said.
Last Monday Mayorkas warned that all migrants coming to the US will be "returned".
"If you enter the US illegally, you will be sent back," Mayorkas said at a press conference in Del Rio. "Your trip will not succeed and you are endangering your life and the lives of your families."
The Biden government has come under fire after some 30,000 migrants, most of them Haitians, entered Del Rio in the past two weeks. Most of the migrants arrived at a camp under the Del Rio International Bridge.
During the same interview on Sunday, Wallace asked Mayorkas why the Biden government had not prevented migrants from crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.
“Why didn't you - excuse me - build a wall or fence to stop. . . this flood of people coming over the dam? It looks like a freeway that will allow them to cross the Rio Grande, ”Wallace said.
"It is the policy of this government: we do not agree with the construction of the wall," replied Mayorkas. “The law allows individuals to apply for humanitarian aid. It is actually one of our proudest traditions. "
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