Homeland secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claims Trump administration 'dismantled' immigration system

Joanna Estrada
March 3, 2021

Business Roundtable, a group representing major U.S. chief executives, said earlier the proposal is "unworkable for USA businesses in its current form". "We're in the middle of a pandemic, but for thousands of people to be reaching our border in the middle of a pandemic in a disorderly fashion would be catastrophic to my district", Gonzalez outlined.

"We are hoping to reunite the families either here or in the country of origin", Mayorkas said, explaining the government hopes to give migrants the choice. That is why, quite frankly we are working as hard as we are not only in addressing the urgency of the challenge, but also in building the capacity to manage it, and to meet our humanitarian aspirations in execution of the President's vision, ' he said.

Despite what he called these "challenges", he insisted the USA was not in the midst of a "crisis" at the southern border.

Biden moved to quickly rescind several of Trump's restrictive immigration policies, including a COVID-era policy to rapidly expel unaccompanied minors caught at the U.S. -Mexico border.

"It is hard and it will take time, but rest assured, we are going to get it done", Mayorkas said, while adding that it is "important to understand what we have inherited, because it defines the situation of how it now stands".

'Entire systems are not rebuilt in a day or in a few weeks.

"I learned that we did not have the facilities available or equipped to administer the humanitarian laws that our Congress passed years ago", Mayorkas said in his first appearance at a White House briefing.

"Trustworthy information and communications technology and services are essential to our national and economic security and remains a top priority for the Biden Harris administration", the statement said.

Mayorkas acknowledged the nation was "challenged" at the border.

"In addition, they tore down the Central American Minors Program that allowed children to access laws of protection without having to take the perilous journey north. No planning had been done to protect the frontline personnel of the US Customs and Border Protection and other frontline personnel that address the needs of individuals coming to our border", he claimed. "And I will say that they will wait with a goal in mind. And that is our ability to rebuild as quickly as possible a system so that they don't have to take the risky journey, and we can enable them to access humanitarian relief from their countries of origin".

Mayorkas insisted that the new administration is not treating migrants the same as the Trump administration.

Advocates representing families who have been separated applauded the decision, but said they wanted more information.

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