U.S. lacks ‘Operational Control’ of border says Chief

Ellen M. Gilmer
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The Department of Homeland Security lacks operational control of the border, a top official told lawmakers, a significant admission as Republicans accuse the Biden administration of failing to secure the US-Mexico border.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) pressed Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz Wednesday on the matter during a field hearing in Pharr, Texas, asking whether the Department of Homeland Security has “operational control of our entire border.”

“No, sir,” Ortiz said.

Operational control is a technical term rooted in federal law that sets a virtually impossible requirement of preventing “all unlawful entries” into the US. Republicans have embraced the standard as a measure of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s performance, and accused the secretary of lying by saying the agency has operational control. Many in the House’s GOP majority are seeking to impeach Mayorkas on those grounds.

Read more at Bloomberg.com

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