Biden Admits U.S.-Mexico Border Is Not Secure

President Joe Biden admitted to the insecure state of the U.S. southern border on Friday while speaking to reporters at a White House event. A reporter had asked him about efforts to oust Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“What do you say to Republicans who are trying to impeach Mayorkas?” the reporter asked. When Biden said he did not understand the question, the reporter asked, “Do you think it’s unconstitutional?”

When the president did not respond to the question, the reporter came up with another – Do you think that the border is secure?”

“No, it’s not,” Biden said.

He then added, “I haven’t believed that for the last 10 years. And I’ve said it for the last 10 years. Give me the money.”

While he admitted to the terrible state of the border, he did not agree that his policies led to the illegal immigrant crisis on the border. Asked the question, he replied, “No. I’ve asked for thousands more — everything from judges to… anyway.”

The reporter later asked him whether his administration would be fighting Mayorkas’ impeachment in court. He did not respond to that question.

Mayorkas has been criticized for the Department of Homeland Security’s handling of the border under him. According to Republicans, the agency has not only folded its arms while migrants enter the United States illegally but has also encouraged them to do so.

In his defense, Mayorkas argued that the DHS has done more work at the border than Republicans acknowledge.

“After the ending of Title 42 In May of this year through the end of the fiscal year, DHS removed or returned more noncitizens without a basis to remain in the United States than in any other five-month period in the last 10 years,” he said while defending his record earlier this month.

“In fact, the majority of all migrants encountered at the southwest border throughout this administration have been removed, returned or expelled. A majority of them,” he added.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) opened a second impeachment hearing against Mayorkas on Jan. 18, making a case that Mayorkas’ handling of the border reflects “egregious misconduct and failure to fulfill his oath of office” and is grounds for impeachment.