Just In: House Homeland Committee Republicans Are Turning Up The Heat On Alejandro Mayorkas Following The Shocking Testimony By Border Patrol Head

Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends a Cabinet meeting with President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It’s about time. Patriots across the continent have been waiting for this moment.

Republicans serving on the House Homeland Security Committee are attempting to put DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the hot seat after a crazy testimony from Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz that the chairman of the committee described as “earth-shattering.”

Fox News reported the following:

“Ortiz had been the main witness at the committee’s field hearing in McAllen, Texas, on Wednesday and had bucked the administration on a number of issues.

“Ortiz told lawmakers that he disagreed with President Biden’s call to stop wall construction, said there were policies in place that were holding agents back from doing their job, and backed agents who had falsely been accused of whipping Haitian migrants.

“But the takeaway from lawmakers was Ortiz’s statement that the U.S. does not have operational control of the border – a statement that contradicted what Mayorkas told lawmakers last year – and that multiple sectors were overwhelmed by the historic migrant flows being encountered.”

“In five of those nine southwest border sectors, we have seen an increase in flow and that has caused a considerable strain on our resources and really has forced the Border Patrol to move so agents and even migrants to some of the other areas,” he said in response to a question about whether the border is secure.

In an interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday, Chairman Mark Green described those takeaways as “huge statements.”

“I knew that he was the kind of guy who would shoot straight and be honest. And we prepared, so we did our homework, and we were prepared. I think you put the two together, and you got what we got, which is some pretty earth-shattering stuff,” he said.

With the border crisis still ongoing and with the end to Title 42 expulsions less than two months away, Green told Fox that his committee is eyeing additional testimony after Wednesday’s hearing.

Mayorkas is likely to be one of those the committee wants to provide testimony. Green said the committee will have “tons of questions” for the DHS chief.

March 15, 2023: Rep. Mark Green questions Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. (Screenshot from Fox News)

“I think we want to talk to all the sector chiefs, but certainly the five that are struggling with the overflow right now and get their perspectives,” he said.

“And then at some point, Secretary Mayorkas is going to have to come and answer the question – did he lie to Congress, or is he just ignorant about the definition in the code on what defines operational security?”

The report from Fox News continued by stating that Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, who also questioned Ortiz at the hearing, praised the Chief for how he handled what Republicans acknowledged was a difficult situation for the official.

“Chief Ortiz is to be commended for walking a fine line, as one of my other colleagues said, of being respectful of the political hierarchy, but also telling the truth and saying enough is enough,” he said.

“It was about time,” he said. “I’m grateful that somebody had the courage to tell the truth about that.”

Pfluger similarly believed that one of the next steps was to hear from Mayorkas.

We’re all excited to see someone tell the truth. It’s a breath of fresh air in American politics.

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