Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts, along with Heritage’s homeland security team, called Tuesday for the immediate resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and stronger action from Congress if he refuses to do so:
Roberts released the following statement calling for Mayorkas to step down:
“The homeland security secretary has no greater charge than defending the American homeland. Secretary Mayorkas has utterly failed this most basic responsibility. Worse, he has actively undermined our national security, and encouraged and facilitated the violation of the very laws he swore to uphold. He has presided over the worst border crisis in American history, actively contributing to it by implementing the White House’s open-borders policies. Under his leadership, record numbers of narcotics have flowed across our border to devastate lives in our communities. It is time for him to go—for the good of the men and women of DHS law enforcement, the American people, and our national sovereignty. If he refuses to do so, the next Congress should move forward with his impeachment.”
Mark Morgan, former acting CBP commissioner and Heritage visiting fellow: “Secretary Mayorkas has completely lost the trust and confidence of the men and women of DHS law enforcement. There is no better proof than the damning audio released by Customs and Border Protection agents last week during Mayorkas’ meeting with agents in Yuma. I continue to speak with our frontline agents, and their anger, exhaustion, and frustration with this secretary are apparent. He has not only destroyed the most secure border in our lifetime—he has repeatedly lied to the America people about the cascading impacts to our country’s public safety, health, and national security. And the law enforcement personnel under his charge know it. It is time for him to resign. If he will not, those in Congress who claim to be concerned about the border crisis should put action to words.”
James Carafano, Heritage vice president for national security and foreign policy: “A nation without borders is no nation at all. Alejandro Mayorkas has conspired with Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and dozens of immigration radicals behind the scenes in the White House to create the worst border crisis in the history of our republic. From day one, they have taken a sledgehammer to the effective border security policies implemented by the previous administration, policies that resolved the 2019 border crisis and maintained order on our southwest border. They have intentionally undermined America’s sovereignty, colluding with NGOs and international organizations to facilitate and reward the violation of our immigration laws.
“This is no longer just about simple disagreement on policy. Mayorkas and his bosses have intentionally undermined the sovereign interests of the United States by embracing these policies—policies they were warned would result in disaster. As DHS secretary, Mayorkas bears responsibility for this catastrophic failure. He was the wrong man for the job from the beginning. He needs to step down now—or be made to.”
Lora Ries, Heritage senior research fellow and former DHS acting deputy chief of staff: “In his Yuma meeting, Mayorkas admitted that the situation at the border has never been worse, after a year of his leadership. If he actually believes this, he should resign now. Mayorkas knows full well that the problem is not ‘root causes,’ the pandemic, or the policies of the previous administration. The problem is his boss’ open-borders policies—policies he has readily and willingly implemented. They have cut this path of destruction in just one year. It does not bear thinking how much more damage Biden, Harris, and Mayorkas could cause to our sovereignty and to our border in the next three years.”