House Committee Slams Mayorkas in Updated Report, Continues Investigation
The House Homeland Security released its interim report on phase two of the ongoing investigation into Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Launched in June, the Committee’s investigation into Mayorkas is focusing on his dereliction of duty in five phases. The second phase examines how drug cartels have been empowered under Mayorkas, documenting the increase in cartel violence, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.
Members of the Homeland Security Committee have been highly critical of Mayorkas over the course of the investigation, honing in on the increase in drugs and violence coming across the border under his watch. In a statement accompanying the latest report, Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) notes, “This damning report emphasizes how Secretary Mayorkas’ refusal to enforce the laws passed by Congress have given cartels a historic business opportunity, allowing them to rake in billions of dollars from historic levels of human smuggling and trafficking, as well as the trafficking of deadly drugs like fentanyl into our communities. It’s time to stop subsidizing cartel crime. This secretary’s dereliction of duty is on full display in the cartels’ unprecedented control of the Southwest border and operations inside the United States.”
In the last three years, drug and human trafficking have risen precipitously. It is estimated that drug cartels now earn as much as $13 billion annually from human trafficking, up from $500 million just five years ago. The trafficking of deadly narcotics has likewise exploded, with fentanyl seizures increasing from 4,800 pounds in fiscal year 2020 to nearly 24,000 pounds so far in fiscal year 2023.
The Committee is set to continue its investigation into Mayorkas next week with a hearing examining the human cost of lives lost due to the Biden Administration’s border crisis. That hearing, entitled “An Unbearable Price: The Devastating Human Costs of the Biden-Mayorkas Border Crisis,” will take place Wednesday, September 13, and continues phase three of the Committee’s investigation.
The Committee’s report comes as Mayorkas faces heightened scrutiny over chaos at the border. Following revelations that foreign nationals may have been smuggled into the country by an ISIS-linked smuggling ring, the House Judiciary Committee this week expressed concerns that Mayorkas may have perjured himself in recent congressional testimony. In that testimony, Secretary Mayorkas underplayed national security concerns at the southern border, despite nearly 150 illegal aliens on the FBI’s terrorist watchlist being encountered by Border Patrol agents this fiscal year.