Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Alexei Woltornist, who served in the Trump administration, is calling on Congress to investigate the Biden administration’s “cover-up” of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News, Woltornist directly accused Biden officials of lying about the situation at the border and said Congress must look into the worsening crisis.
“I think that this is a matter that Congress should investigate and find out what information [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas] has that he’s not sharing and also explain why he’s making this decision, and it can even go as high as President Biden himself,” he said.
“We really haven’t been getting much information from the White House, and it just tells me that everything’s much worse than any of us know,” he said.
Woltornist joins many Republicans who have criticized Biden’s immigration policies.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went off after visiting a massive facility overflowing with illegal immigrants, saying it was “worse than we thought.”
“Mr. President, our border patrol agents are overwhelmed, and they deserve the help of their federal government. I am calling on you to put politics aside. Let’s work together for the security of our nation and the betterment of our people,” he said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not mince his words either when discussing Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis.
During an interview on Fox News, McConnell flat-out said that Biden “owns” the border crisis, and that, “It is, by definition, an emergency.”
“The previous administration did an excellent job on border security; this administration is stopping funding for the wall, as an example. How is that helpful?” he asked, rhetorically.
“Stopping the agreement with the Mexican government to contain people on the other side of the border? How is that helpful? This is a crisis. I don’t care what the Secretary of Homeland Security wants to call it; it’s a crisis.”
Things have gotten so bad that even left-wing Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, who has shown himself to be an anti-Trump bastion, grilled an administration official on it.
Wallace grilled Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the limited media access at the Southern border.
“Why has the Biden administration refused to allow reporters to see for themselves and to record what the conditions are under which these minors are being housed?” Wallace said. “Why, in fact, did you — when you went to the border on Friday and led a congressional delegation — why did you refuse to allow reporters to see the conditions under which these minors are being held?”
Mayorkas said that “we’re in the midst of a pandemic” and that “We are focused on our operations, executing our operations, in a crowded border patrol facility where hundreds of vulnerable migrant children are located.”
“We’re working on providing footage so that the American public can see the border patrol stations,” he said.
“Respectfully, sir, I think that there is a safe condition under which a pool reporter and a pool camera crew could go into some of these facilities — this has been going on for two months now — and record the conditions under which these minors are being held. It seems to me to say it’s impossible to do because of covid sounds like an excuse,” Wallace said.