Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich questioned the Biden administration on the southern border mishandling. According to a letter obtained by the Daily Caller, Brnovich requested a list from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of all the officials who had been “given the options of retirement or reassignment” since President Joe Biden entered office. Brnovich was worried that senior DHS employees were being pushed out of their jobs at a time when border agents were encountering a record number of people unlawfully crossing the border.
Brnovich referenced comments from leaked audio made by Mayorkas in which he stated, “if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose, and this is unsustainable. We can’t continue like this. Our people in the field can’t continue, and our system isn’t built for it.”
Brnovich wrote, “In the midst of this historic surge in migration, our most experienced law enforcement agents should not be held hostage to leadership changes for simply providing the American people with the truth.”
Brnovich also stated, “At a time when we need them most, DHS seems to be purging qualified leaders who have attempted to uphold the rule of law. These actions only lead to more chaos and further empower the cartels who now control both sides of the border.”
According to the letter, U.S. Border patrol Chief Rodney Scott “was recently forced to retire or be reassigned from his high-ranking position.” Brnovich continued, “Chief Scott had nobly served our country for almost 30 years.”
Enrique Lucero, the former Acting Executive Associate Director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Removal Operations, was transferred after reporting that new DHS orders to halt deportations temporarily would lower ICE arrests by about 50%. Figures from Customs and Border Protection show more than 1.3 million people crossed the border between January and August.
Some migrants sought to unlawfully enter the United States after being deported by border agents under Title 42, a Trump-era public health directive, resulting in an overestimation of the number of recorded contacts.
Brnovich’s letter follows heavy media coverage of illegal border crossings in Del Rio, Texas, including approximately 15,000 Haitian migrants that were camped out under the Del Rio International Bridge. Several migrants attempted to take over a border patrol bus and assaulted ICE agents to avoid being deported.
Thousands of migrants reportedly breach another section of the U.S. border in Yuma, Arizona, at a weak point known as “the gap.”