Southern Border Fight Turns Ugly

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( – On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that the Republicans comments regarding his character were hard to hear, but that he is “impervious” to them.

In an event at the Council on Foreign Relations, Mayorkas told the Hill that while the comments are “not easy to listen to,” these comments also tend to “have ramifications” that people in positions of leadership should take into account. This week, Mayorkas appeared twice in Congress in front of two different committees to defend the Department of Homeland Security budget. During the hearings, there were several personal comments directed at him.

House Homeland Security Chair Mark Green (R-Tenn.) specifically stated that Mayorkas’ response to the questions show “incompetence,” while Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) questioned whether Mayorkas had “an ounce of human compassion” over the situation that was transpiring at the border.

During a Wednesday hearing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) lost her speaking privileges after stating that Mayorkas was a “liar.” Green determined that these accusations violated the rules that prohibit “impugning someone’s character. These are not the only negative comments that Mayorkas has recently had to deal with. During the two hearings in the past week, he has been accused of lying under oath and even asked if he felt responsible for the number of people who have died from fentanyl that has entered through the southern border.

In defense of his previous decisions, Mayorkas claimed that while he might occasionally make mistakes or be mistaken about something, he is 100 percent confident of the “integrity of my decision.” This is what allows him to be “impervious” to the comments made by the GOP.

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