US Has ‘Lost Operational Control’ of Southwest Border, Senate GOP Panel Told

Federal officials “have lost complete control” of the southwest border under President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, three former high-ranking immigration enforcement officials told a panel of Republican senators Wednesday. “We have lost complete control of the border. I’ve talked to several Border Patrol chiefs who tell me they have lost operational control of the border under this President,” former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Holman told three Republican senators during a roundtable discussion of the situation on the U.S. border with Mexico. “They’ve also lost respect for the Commander-in-Chief and in the [DHS] Secretary,” Holman told senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Rob Portman of Ohio and Rick Scott of Florida. Johnson said in his opening statement that he convened the roundtable discussion after Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, …

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