(USA Features) Sen. Ron Johnson continued his verbal assault against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after he refused to tell the Wisconsin Republican on Tuesday how many migrants who have crossed illegally into the U.S. since President Biden took office have been released into the U.S.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Johnson said that Mayorkas is well aware of how many of the estimated 1.3 million migrants who have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico illegally and have been released into the country, flown back home, and how many have been detained.
Johnson said he asked Mayorkas the same questions a month ago and even gave him the questions in writing ahead of time, but still, Mayorkas refused to answer during testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday.
”You know, I gave him questions for the record, which he didn’t respond to. And so, you’re coming into hearings yesterday in the Senate, today in the House, you’ve got to know that you’re going to be asked that question,” Johnson said on ”Spicer & Co.”
“How could you not come prepared with that basic information?” Johnson said.
He went on to say that with 240,000 Americans employed by DHS, it makes little sense that the agency cannot muster the resources to find him the answers to his questions.
”They know the number,” Johnson said. ”They don’t want the American people [to] know the number, because the American people would be shocked.
“During his last appearance, I just did the back of an envelope count, calculation. I figured, probably about 600,000 people will be dispersed all over this country this year,” he added.
”And again, that’s while they still have the Title 42 powers in place to return a lot of those individuals. So, 600,000 people,” said Johnson.
“That’s a number larger than the population of Wyoming. And so they don’t want people to know that because there’s still denying that this is a crisis,” Johnson said.
Former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott, who was forced out of his position earlier this year by President Joe Biden, warned Senate leaders that the administration’s current immigration policies are imperiling the country in ways few realize.
In a letter, Scott said that bad actors are exploiting what are essentially unprotected regions of border and that after Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration he began to see “the unprecedented seismic shift in border security and immigration policy” he says “created the current border crisis.”
“The Biden administration’s team at DHS is laser-focused on expediting the flow of migrants into the U.S. and downplaying the significant vulnerability this creates for terrorists, narcotics smugglers, human traffickers, and even hostile nations to gain access to our homeland,” Scott noted.