US homeland security head defends Biden immigration policies

Washington (AFP) – The head of the US Department of Homeland Security defended President Joe Biden’s immigration policies Tuesday, following criticism over a surge in migrants — including thousands of unaccompanied children — arriving at the southern border with Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged the US was “on pace” to encounter more migrants at the border than at any time in two decades, but said such spikes were “not new”, having also occurred in 2019, 2014 and earlier. “The situation we are currently facing at the southwest border is a difficult one,” May…

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