Embattled Mayorkas makes rare appeal to border agents amid worsening crisis

AUSTIN, Texas — An embattled Biden administration official who will face impeachment proceedings later this week traveled to the southern border Monday to praise federal law enforcement’s response to historically high illegal immigration numbers.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to Eagle Pass, Texas, where he told reporters his main goal was to celebrate DHS agents and officers who encountered a record-high 300,000 non-U.S. citizens who tried to enter the United States without permission in December.

“The main reason I came to Eagle Pass today was to meet with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection workforce,” Mayorkas told reporters. “These public servants are heroes. … They are incredibly talented, dedicated, courageous, and selfless.”

Mayorkas said he spent the day with Eagle Pass officials and with DHS personnel one on one.

“They rescued migrants in distress, and they overcame unfortunate obstacles along the way,” Mayorkas said. “They are
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