Mayorkas In The Middle: GOP Blames Him For Crisis, He Blames Abbott

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday deflected GOP congressional criticism about him, to the point of calling for his impeachment, and said Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, who has tried to politicize the border crisis, has been cooperative.
Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in an interview with Michael Isikoff from Yahoo News.

At a glance

  • Mayorkas made his comments Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”
  • “Governor Abbott is not collaborating with the federal government on an issue that requires collaboration,” Mayorkas said. “We cannot have the rights and the needs of individuals who are seeing humanitarian relief in the United States be exploited for political purposes.”
  • The secretary seemed to be referring to Abbott sending busloads of migrants to Democrat-led cities and states.
  • On a question about demands by Republicans, including newly-elected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, that he resign, Mayorkas said:  “I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m proud to do it alongside 250,000 incredibly dedicated and talented individuals in the Department of Homeland Security, and I’m going to continue to do my work.”

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