Deep Dive (Sept. 20): Homeland Security Secretary Warns Illegal Immigrants: ‘Not the Way to Do It’

Tiffany Meier
By Tiffany Meier
September 20, 2021Deep Dive

The fencing around the Capitol has come back down. The violence expected over the weekend at the Justice for J6 event—in reference to the events on Jan. 6—didn’t pan out. While the event ended without incident, there were some clashes and four arrests. Police confirmed that between 400 and 500 people showed up. Officers wore riot gear. There were also plainclothes police, as well as law enforcement on bicycles and horses.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was at the southern border Monday. He had a warning for those trying to illegally enter the United States: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed and you will be endangering your life and your family’s lives. This administration is committed to developing safe, orderly, and humane pathways for migration, but this is not the way to do it.” This comes as thousands of illegal immigrants from Haiti have been moved from under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

Senate Democrats wanted to include immigration reform as part of the $4.5 trillion reconciliation package. But on Sunday, the parliamentarian ruled it would be too much of a policy change for the reconciliation process. She ruled that “changing the law to clear the way to [legal permanent residence] status is tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact.”

Tune into Deep Dive as we explore these topics and more.

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