Tuesday, March 2, 2021
DHS Secretary: Trump administration "'gutted" immigration system -- "replac[ing] the cruelty of the past administration"
The Associated Press reports that Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas says immigration was "gutted" by the Trump administration. After 27 days in office, Mayorkas told reporters: "It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty,"
Mayorkas' remarks yesterday began as follows:
"We are dedicated to achieving, and quite frankly, are working around the clock, to replace the cruelty of the past administration with an orderly, humane, and safe immigration process. It is hard, and it will take time.
To put it succinctly, the prior administration dismantled our nation's immigration system in its entirety. When I started 27 days ago, I learned that we did not have the facilities available or equipped to administer the humanitarian laws that our Congress passed years ago. We did not have the personnel, policies, procedures, or training to administer those laws. Quite frankly, the entire system was gutted.
It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established. "