Alejandro Mayorkas finally admitted on Sunday that 12,000 Haitian migrants have been released into the U.S., claiming that number could go up as 5,000 other cases are still being processed and confusingly says not stopping illegal immigration is a ‘proud tradition.’
‘Approximately, I think it’s about 10,000 or so – 12,000 thousand,’ Mayorkas told Fox News Sunday when asked how many have already been released into the country.
‘It could be even higher,’ he added. ‘The number that are returned could be even higher. What we do is we follow the law as Congress has passed it.’
The new numbers suggest that there were actually 17,000 mostly Haitian migrants part of the Del Rio, Texas encampment rather than the previous figures that said the number didn’t top 15,000.
It comes as even more Haitian migrants make their way to the U.S., with images emerging Saturday of a caravan traveling to the Panama border from Acandi, Colombia.
Mayorkas continued to downplay the massive southern border crisis on Sunday, saying these migrations are ‘nothing new’ and telling Fox he wouldn’t classify the crossing as a ‘flood’ of people.
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Source: Daily Mail