Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insisted that the U.S. borders are closed all by a heated alternate with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., on Tuesday.

During a Senate Homeland Security Committee listening to, Johnson grilled the DHS secretary on the surge of unlawful immigration beneath the Biden administration. 

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“You have repeatedly stated that our borders are not open, they’re closed. Do you honestly believe that our borders are closed?” Johnson requested.

“Senator, I do, and let me speak to that —” Mayorkas responded ahead of being in the reduction of off by the senator.

“No, let me ask you a couple questions here,” Johnson interjected.

Johnson cited a Sept. 11 letter despatched to Senate administration by former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott that warned the company was dropping its expertise to police the southern border and that he was “sickened by the avoidable and rapid disintegration of what was arguably the most effective border security in our Nation’s history.” 

Speaking to Mayorkas, Johnson acknowledged, “We were serious about border security until your administration took office. You stood before this committee and said you would enforce the laws. You have not done that.”

The senator then requested the DHS secretary to produce “ballpark” estimates for what number of migrants of the 1.3 million apprehended since October are nonetheless being detained, as accurately as what number of have been deported and what number of have been launched into the U.S.

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“Of the 1.3 million people that we’ve apprehended, how many have been returned, how many people are being detained, and how many people have been dispersed? And I want some numbers here,” Johnson requested.

“Senator, I would be pleased to provide you with that data — ” Mayorkas replied ahead of being in the reduction of off as quickly as further.

“I want them now,” Johnson acknowledged. “Why don’t you have that information now?”

“Senator, I do not have that data before me,” Mayorkas responded.

“Why not? Why don’t you have that basic information?” the senator requested.

“Senator, I want to be accurate,” Mayorkas acknowledged.

The males continued to speak over each other, however Mayorkas acknowledged he finally couldn’t present the estimates.

The alternate comes a day after the DHS secretary visited the Texas border metropolis of Del Rio, the place 1000’s of Haitian migrants crossed into the U.S. and manage camp beneath the International Bridge.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed and you will be endangering your life and your family’s lives,” Mayorkas acknowledged Monday. “This administration is committed to developing safe, orderly and humane pathways for migration. This is not the way to do it.”