DHS chief Mayorkas questioned on reports of ‘mass amnesty’ for asylum seekers

According to reports,’mass-amnesty’ was granted to over 350,000 migrants.

Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security at the Department of Homeland Security, is under scrutiny after a report revealed that thousands of asylum seekers who were not citizens had their cases closed with no ruling. This amounted to a “mass amnesty.”

The American people deserve transparency in the way that the administration handles immigration and border security. The current situation at our southern border demands immediate and effective solution,” wrote Sen. Kevin Cramer in a letter sent to DHS Secretary and Attorney General Merrick G. Garland.

Data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a nonpartisan organization that gathers data on immigration cases and backlogs, shows that the administration has closed over 350,000 asylum claims since 2022 if the migrants did not have criminal records.

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The New York Post first reported on the “mass Amnesty” earlier this month.

Cramer was one of 20 Republican Senators who signed the letter citing the Post’s article and asking Biden officials for answers regarding the accuracy of the report.

Sens. James Risch (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont. ), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo. )John Cornyn(R-Texas), Dan Sullivan R Alaska, Mike Crapo R Idaho, Marsha Blackburn R Tennessee, Ted Budd R N.C. Mike Rounds R S.D. Pete Ricketts R Nebraska, Ron Johnson R

Tom Homan, the former Acting ICE director, reacted recently to the report on “Fox & Friends First” by claiming that “they haven’t even done a thing to slow down the flow.” “I guarantee that the executive action… will be an insult to the American legal system.”

Cramer condemned the actions described in the report. He wrote, “This action permits these individuals to stay in the United States for an indefinite period of time without having to go through the legal process required to grant or deny asylum claims.”

Senator said that the Biden administration’s purported ‘mass amnesty’ for illegal aliens actually undermines immigration system.

He called it an “affront to everyone who is pursuing a legal pathway to the United States.”

Cramer asked the Biden administration, in a letter, how many cases were closed by the Executive Office for Immigration Review that involved illegal migrants who crossed the border since January 20, 2021 when President Biden took office.

The North Dakota Senator also asked Mayorkas and Garland how they planned to stop the dismissal of cases from “incentivizing” illegal immigration.