Samuel Case, FISM News
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas took a swipe at Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s border policy during an interview on Sunday.
“Governor Abbott is not collaborating with the federal government on an issue that requires collaboration,” Mayorkas told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week.
He continued, “We cannot have the rights and the needs of individuals who are seeking humanitarian relief in the United States be exploited for political purposes. We cannot have unilateral governor action that is not coordinated with the federal government to address an issue that is of national importance.”
“We cannot have the rights and the needs of individuals who are seeking humanitarian relief in the United States be exploited for political purposes.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 8, 2023
Mayorkas’ comments seemingly reference moves by Governor Abbott and other Republican governors to transfer illegal immigrants from their states to “sanctuary cities,” like New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago.
Last week, FISM reported that Democratic Colorado Governor Jared Polis had begun a similar practice of transporting migrants to New York and Chicago. Over the weekend Polis stopped the practice, following backlash from New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
In the same interview, Mayorkas responded to threats from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy who said in November that Republicans may investigate and impeach the secretary if he doesn’t resign.
Mayorkas told Stephanopoulos he has no plans to step down. “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,” he said.
When asked if he is prepared for a Republican-led investigation, Mayorkas said, “I am. I will be. And I’ll continue to do my work throughout them.”