Lankford Gets Mayorkas to Admit US Immigration System is Broken

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WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, today questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a full-Committee hearing to discuss the President’s budget request for DHS for fiscal year 2024. Lankford focused his questions on how to address the broken asylum process in our nation, which has a backlog of 10 years. In his second round of questions, Lankford called out the lack of timely information from the Department in response to direct requests from Lankford and others as well as improvements and rules.

Lankford remains the leading voice in the Senate to secure our southern border, end catch-and-release, and fix the broken asylum process. Earlier this year, Lankford joined his colleagues to tour the southwest border, meet with the brave men and women tasked with securing the border, and hear from local law enforcement, community leaders, and nonprofits that care for asylum seekers leaving CBP custody. He spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of his trip and the solutions he proposes to Biden’s open borders, including changes to the broken asylum process and continued construction of the border wall.


Lankford: Is it your assumption that the asylum process itself is broken but that it’s being abused?

Mayorkas: Senator, yes, the asylum system is broken, and our entire immigration system is broken. There is unanimity about that, and it is our continuing hope that Congress will reform a broken system…

Lankford: It’s a very broken system. When I’ve gone through some of the numbers on this, and it is my concern. Let me just give you some of that numbers on it that your team has released out, that’s made publicly available on this. For the Alternatives to Detention, the backlog that’s there—actually getting to this next step from ICE—if they’re received a notice to report, the Parole+ Alternatives to Detention Backlog. If they request to go to New York, currently right now, their next hearing time is in March of 2033…