Hawley grills Mayorkas on reports of forced child migrant labor: ‘Why shouldn’t you be impeached for this?’

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Tuesday blasted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas over a new report detailing the surge in smuggling and exploitation of immigrant children under the Biden administration. impeachable crime.

During a Senate Homeland Security hearing, Hawley told Mallorcas about a New York Times report showing that the 2021 immigration surge is pushing thousands of children into brutal forced labor jobs across America. I asked.

The Times reported this week that government officials signs of neglect More than 250,000 unaccompanied immigrant children entered the United States in the last two years, causing an “explosion” of child labor. Many are forced into indentured servants to repay smugglers.

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April 18, 2023: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas addresses the Senate Homeland Security Committee. (screenshot)

Hurley linked the increase in cross-border movement of children to a move by the Biden administration in early 2021 to no longer apply Title 42 deportation to unaccompanied children.

“Under the previous administration, children were reunited with their families in their home countries. You changed that. And as soon as you changed that, the numbers exploded. It’s your fault.” said Holly.

Mayorkas said there were many “false statements” in Hawley’s interrogation.

“One of the key policy decisions we have made is to focus workplace enforcement, investigative efforts, and criminal investigation efforts against unscrupulous employers who exploit individuals for vulnerability. It also includes underage workers,” Mayorkas said.

Hawley was unimpressed, saying the administration “only contributed to this crisis” and accused the Mayorkas of pressuring officials to skip the vetting process and quickly release minors to sponsors. also noted Republican efforts in the House to impeach the DHS Director.

“You have fostered this modern-day indentured servitude of underage children every step of the way. Why shouldn’t you be impeached for this?”

“You are grossly misrepresenting the facts, and I look forward to further discussion on this matter,” Mallorcas said.

Mallorcas also objected to Hawley’s statement that the Trump administration has reunited children with their parents.

“Senator, what we do is enforce the law. Listen, I’m amazing,” he said.

Hawley cuts him off and criticizes him for mentioning the previous administration.

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“You were outspoken not long ago about the fact that you treat children so well, but you find tens of thousands of children forced to work as slaves because of your policies. You turn around and denounce the previous administration.

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He also reiterated growing Republican demands for his removal.

You should have resigned long ago. If you can’t change course, you should be fired,” he said.

Hawley’s remarks came after Republican Kansas Senator Roger Marshall also condemned Mallorca and filed a motion of no confidence in Mallorca.

DHS responded to the move by reiterating its call for Congress to fix the “broken” immigration system the government believes is the cause of the crisis.


“Secretary Majorcas is proud to further the department’s noble mission, support its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American people. Defend against terrorism and continue to improve cybersecurity: Build a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system. A bill should be passed to fix a broken immigration system that hasn’t been updated in over a year, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

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