"The message is quite clear: do not come." As the border sees a surge in migrants seeking asylum, @MarthaRaddatz presses DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas on the administration's messaging on immigration.
HOMELAND SECURITY SEC PRESSED ON BORDER SECURITY: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on the future of DHS.
Read about Sec Alejandro Mayorkas' life, Biden’s DHS chief fled the Nazis and then Cuba before arriving in the United States
IMMIGRATION: Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas: "We are not apprehending a 9-year old... whose loving parents had sent that child alone -- we're not expelling that 9-year-old child to Mexico when that child's country of origin was Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador."
"We are hoping to reunite the families, either here or in the country of origin," DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas says. If they are reunited in the U.S., he adds, "we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States."
DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas said during a press briefing Monday that President Joe Biden is exploring a legal pathway to citizenship for families of undocumented immigrants that were separated at the southern border during the Trump administration.
NEW: DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas: "To put it succinctly: the prior administration dismantled our nation's immigration system in its entirety...Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted."
Biden Transition announces Blinken, Sec of State; Alejandro Mayorkas, Sec of Homeland Security; Avril Haines, Dir of National Intelligence; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Amb to United Nations; Jake Sullivan, Nat Sec Adv; and John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.