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ABC host tells Mayorkas it’s ‘very hard’ to call Biden’s actions at the border a ‘success’

ABC News host Martha Raddatz on Sunday told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that it’s “very hard” to call President Biden’s actions at the border a “success.”

Raddatz asked Mayorkas to respond to comments he made in the 2021 interview.

“We’ve experienced mass migration before. We know how to handle it. We have a plan, we are executing on the plan, and we will be successful,” Mayorkas said at the time. “This is our job, but one thing is clear: it will take time. It will be hard, but we can do it. This is our job, and we will accomplish our mission.”

After playing the video, Raddatz quoted Mayorkas as saying, “‘We will succeed.'”

“That was three years ago,” she continued on This Week. “Since then, 6.5 million migrants have been apprehended at the southern border. It would be very hard to call that a success.”

Mayorkas defended the Biden administration, arguing that the immigration issue is a “dynamic phenomenon” and that the United States is not alone in experiencing it, before calling for congressional action.

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ABC’s Martha Raddatz told Secretary Mayorkas that it’s “very hard” to call Biden’s actions at the border a “success.” (Screenshot/ABC)

Raddatz also asked about President Biden’s latest executive action at the border, which would temporarily suspend entry of foreign nationals crossing the southern border if border encounters exceed a seven-day daily average of 2,500.

The suspension will last for up to 14 days after the seven-day average of encounters along the border falls below 1,500, Fox News Digital reported, citing officials.

“President Biden has said that this ban will remain in place until the number of people attempting to enter the country illegally drops to a level that our system can effectively manage, which as we said means an average of 1,500 or fewer encounters over a 14-day period,” Raddatz said. “We said that has never happened. Do we really expect that to happen in the coming months or before Election Day?”

Mayorkas fired back, telling ABC hosts that the administration was on track for new encounter numbers, explaining that “we’re averaging 1,500 encounters over a seven-day period in a row.”

He added that they are in communication across the region about legal routes.

“But that’s what you’ve always done and tried to do to people,” Raddatz responded.

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, June 9, 2024. (Screenshot/ABC)

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Raddatz questioned why the Biden administration waited four months after a bipartisan border deal collapsed in Congress to act.

“A bipartisan agreement was rejected once. We asked for it again, it was rejected a second time, and then we developed it, we put it into action. We’re still in the early stages. Don’t underestimate the importance of this move and getting this done. It requires cooperation from other countries, but we’ve secured it,” Mayorkas replied.

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“A.C.L.U. [American Civil Liberties Union] “He compared this policy to that of the Trump administration and vowed to sue the administration. I understand there are differences, but the ACLU argues your policy puts thousands of lives at risk. If this is so great, why didn’t you do it in the first place?” Raddatz pressed.

Mayorkas reiterated that the country needs congressional action, said he disagreed with the ACLU and “expects they’re going to sue us.”

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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