Mayorkas blames violence, 'pent-up thirst for relief' for migrant surge

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is again blaming root causes in Central America and elsewhere for the migrant surge at the southern border — including a “pent up thirst for relief” from those making the journey north.

Mayorkas was asked by Yahoo News why he thinks that border crossings are at a 20-year-high, and again moved to the “root cause” explanation favored by the administration — as well as blaming the Trump administration for shutting down asylum pathways.

MAYORKAS ORDERS ICE TO STOP WORKSITE RAIDS IN LATEST LIMITS ON IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

“I think that pieces of the many different theories compiled together form a very compelling answer,” the secretary said. 

“The downturn in economies, the attendant rise in violence, the downturn in economies made more acute by reason of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the suppression of any humanitarian relief over the past number of years, and the pent-up thirst for relief among many different populations,” he said. “I think an accumulation of factors contributes to the rise in migration that we’ve seen.”

There were more than 200,000 migrant encounters in both July and August, and the administration has also faced a Haitian migrant surge in September that saw more than 15,000 migrants camped

View Source