published : 2023-09-07

House Homeland Security GOP report accuses Mayorkas of ceding border control to cartels

The administration has called on Congress to fix what it calls is a 'broken' system

A photo of Chairman Mark Green, the House Homeland Committee Chairman, passionately delivering a speech on border security during a committee hearing. The image captures his determination and commitment to addressing the migrant crisis. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

The House Homeland Security Committee has released a damning report accusing DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of surrendering control of the southern border to Mexican cartels. The GOP-led committee launched an investigation into Mayorkas' conduct earlier this year, as criticism from Republicans intensified over the handling of the migrant crisis.

Titled 'DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has emboldened cartels, criminals, and America's enemies,' the report concludes that Mayorkas and President Biden's policies have not only emboldened and enriched the cartels but have also compromised the safety and security of individuals and communities across the country.

The report highlights the substantial control that cartels have in Mexico, referring to them as 'the most vicious evil organizations in the Western Hemisphere.' It reveals the cartels' involvement in drug trafficking, particularly the distribution of fentanyl, a deadly drug responsible for many deaths each year.

Furthermore, the report exposes how the cartels have capitalized on the administration's reversal of Trump-era policies and the implementation of new ones that have encouraged mass migration. This surge of individuals has overwhelmed Border Patrol agents, diverting their attention from patrolling the border and leaving parts of it vulnerable to cartel exploitation.

An aerial shot of the U.S.-Mexico border, showcasing the vast expanse of the border region and the challenges faced by Border Patrol agents in securing it. The image offers a perspective on the scale of the issue. (Taken with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro)

The committee outlines the extensive influence that cartels have over the flow of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs, highlighting their control over smuggling routes in Mexico. It also warns about the cartels' involvement in gang crime within the United States, including notorious groups like MS-13.

The report raises concerns over the number of individuals who have evaded Border Patrol altogether, suggesting potential national security threats might be among those who have managed to slip through.

While Mayorkas argues that the agency's plan to control the border is working, the committee report presents a contrasting picture. It describes how the administration's policies have incentivized illegal immigration and enabled the cartels to profit from the crisis.

In response to the report, House Homeland Committee Chairman Mark Green expresses his disappointment in Mayorkas' handling of the situation. He emphasizes the need for accountability and vows to continue monitoring the secretary's actions and policies.

A close-up photo of a vial of fentanyl, the deadly drug tied to cartels and responsible for countless deaths. The image is a reminder of the devastating consequences of drug trafficking and its impact on communities. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

Although the administration has defended its efforts to combat smuggling and cartels, some Republicans remain critical. Calls for Mayorkas' impeachment have emerged, and there has been an attempt to reduce his salary to just $1.

As the debate continues, the future of border control and the impact of cartels on American communities hang in the balance.