DHS Secretary Mayorkas on the Southern Border

The‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Homeland‌ ‌Security‌ ‌Alejandro‌ ‌Mayorkas‌ ‌appeared‌ ‌on‌ ‌“CBS‌ ‌This‌ 
Morning”‌ ‌last‌ ‌week‌ ‌to‌ ‌discuss‌ ‌his‌ ‌visit‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Southern‌ ‌border.‌ ‌He‌ ‌began‌ ‌by‌ ‌describing‌ ‌the‌ 
burden‌ ‌placed‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌president‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌previous‌ ‌administration.‌ ‌The‌ ‌CBS‌ ‌host‌ ‌then‌ ‌questioned‌ 
him‌ ‌on‌ ‌his‌ ‌decision‌ ‌to‌ ‌visit‌ ‌El‌ ‌Paso‌ ‌as‌ ‌opposed‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Rio‌ ‌Grande‌ ‌or‌ ‌Fort‌ ‌Bliss,‌ ‌where‌ ‌many‌ 
unaccompanied‌ ‌minors‌ ‌are‌ ‌currently‌ ‌held.‌ ‌Mayorkas‌ ‌defended‌ ‌his‌ ‌decision,‌ ‌arguing‌ ‌that‌ ‌he‌ 
was‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌a‌ ‌“full‌ ‌expanse”‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Homeland‌ ‌Security’s‌ ‌impact.‌ ‌He‌ ‌also‌ 
claimed‌ ‌that‌ ‌Vice‌ ‌President‌ ‌Kamala‌ ‌Harris‌ ‌was‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌communicate‌ ‌with‌ ‌locals‌ ‌and‌ 
unaccompanied‌ ‌minors‌ ‌on‌ ‌this‌ ‌trip,‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌existing‌ ‌itinerary.‌ ‌According‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Secretary,‌ 
attention‌ ‌to‌ ‌Fort‌ ‌Bliss‌ ‌falls‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Health‌ ‌and‌ ‌Human‌ ‌Services.‌ ‌The‌ ‌host‌ ‌then‌ 
asked‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌Biden‌ ‌administration’s‌ ‌efforts‌ ‌in‌ ‌repealing‌ ‌Title‌ ‌42,‌ ‌a‌ ‌Trump-era‌ ‌policy‌ 
allowing‌ ‌the‌ ‌government‌ ‌to‌ ‌block‌ ‌thousands‌ ‌of‌ ‌asylum‌ ‌claims.‌ ‌Secretary‌ ‌Mayorkas‌ ‌deflected‌ 
the‌ ‌question‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Center‌ ‌for‌ ‌Disease‌ ‌Control,‌ ‌claiming‌ ‌the‌ ‌issue‌ ‌was‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌public‌ ‌health‌