Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had a robust message for many who is likely to be planning to enter the United States illegally: do not.
Speaking to reporters within the Texas border metropolis of Del Rio, the place hundreds of Haitian migrants have crossed into the U.S. and arrange camp beneath the International Bridge, Mayorkas mentioned those that suppose the U.S. has open borders will discover that they’re sorely mistaken if they arrive right here illegally.
“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 mentioned. “This administration is committed to developing safe, orderly and humane pathways for migration. This is not the way to do it.”
Mayorkas outlined a few of the methods by which the Biden administration is addressing the present disaster. These embrace securing extra transportation for return flights to Haiti and different locations with the hopes of getting one to three flights per day. The authorities can be attempting to deal with the humanitarian considerations on the bottom by offering provides, water and transportable bathrooms.
While the administration is attempting to defend illegal immigrants who’re already in Del Rio, residing in poor circumstances throughout a pandemic, Mayorkas emphatically tried to discourage different migrants from coming to the U.S.
“We are very concerned that Haitians who are taking this irregular migration path are receiving false information that the border is open or that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available,” Mayorkas mentioned. While some Haitians take pleasure in TPS safety, Mayorkas clarified later that that is just for these at present within the U.S. who arrived earlier than July 29.
“I want to make sure that it is known that this is not the way to come to the United States. That is false information,” Mayorkas reiterated. “Irregular migration poses a serious security risk to the migrants themselves. Trying to enter the United States illegally is not worth the tragedy, the money or the effort.”