EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Elise Stefanik Says Mayorkas Knew Higher as Staff Biden ‘Demeaned and Degraded’ Border Patrol Brokers

A high Republican lawmaker is vowing to carry Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas accountable after an e mail surfaced displaying that he knew Border Patrol brokers didn’t “whip” Haitian migrants hours earlier than a White Home press briefing the place he mentioned the incident.

“The Biden administration has demeaned and degraded our courageous Border Patrol brokers. I proudly characterize many Border Patrol brokers and their households in my district whose lives have been uprooted due to Joe Biden and Home Democrats’ open border insurance policies, and I’m outraged by these new revelations,” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., informed The Day by day Sign in an e mail.

Stefanik, the No. 3 Home Republican, added:

Sadly, the media is all too desperate to act because the Democrats’ stenographers as a substitute of wanting on the info. When Republicans earn again the Home this November, we are going to maintain Homeland Safety Secretary Mayorkas and anybody else within the Biden administration accountable for the slanderous lies they launched in opposition to our courageous Border Patrol brokers.

Marsha Espinosa, the assistant secretary for public affairs for the Division of Homeland Safety, emailed Mayorkas on Sept. 24, 2021, alerting him {that a} photographer who took broadly distributed photographs of the incident 5 days earlier stated Border Patrol brokers didn’t “whip” unlawful immigrants from Haiti as they entered the U.S. at Del Rio, Texas, Fox Information reported Wednesday. 

The Heritage Basis’s Oversight Challenge obtained the Espinosa e mail to Mayorkas and different paperwork via a Freedom of Data Act request, or FOIA. (The Day by day Sign is Heritage’s multimedia information group.)

Espinosa emailed Mayorkas, her high boss, after President Joe Biden commented the morning of Sept. 24, 2021, 5 days after the incident, which the president described as “folks being strapped.”

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The division’s high public relations official despatched the e-mail to Mayorkas about two and a half hours earlier than a White Home press briefing the place Mayorkas condemned the Border Patrol brokers’ depicted actions, Fox Information reported.

“The photographer behind pictures depicting Border Patrol brokers or horseback informed [El Paso TV station] KTSM issues are usually not precisely what they appear relating to the photographs,” Espinosa stated in her e mail to Mayorkas at 12:05 p.m. that day.

“The pictures, which had been taken Sunday [Sept. 19], seem to point out brokers on horses with a whip in hand. The photographs prompted outrage as a result of from sure angles, it seems to point out Border Patrol whipping migrants,” Espinosa emailed the homeland safety secretary, “however photographer Paul Ratje stated he and his colleagues by no means noticed brokers whipping anybody.”

Mayorkas spoke in regards to the incident at a White Home press briefing round 2:30 p.m., after receiving the e-mail from Espinosa. He didn’t point out her e mail in his remarks to reporters, nevertheless.

“To start with, the pictures, as I expressed earlier—the pictures horrified us by way of what they recommend and what they conjure up, by way of not solely our nation’s historical past, however, sadly, the truth that that web page of historical past has not been turned solely. And meaning that there’s a lot work to do, and we’re very centered on doing it,” Mayorkas informed reporters through the press briefing. 

“However I can’t prejudge the info. I don’t, in any approach, wish to impair the integrity of the investigative course of. We’ve got investigators who’re taking a look at it independently. They are going to draw their conclusions based on their normal working procedures, after which the outcomes of that investigation will probably be dete- — will probably be decided by the info which might be adduced,” Mayorkas stated.

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A DHS spokesperson contested Republicans’ framing of Mayorkas’ feedback, saying the homeland safety secretary by no means took a place on the alleged Border Patrol misconduct.  

As The Day by day Sign reported, after vowing to research the incident and punish these accountable, the Biden administration launched a 500-page report earlier this 12 months displaying that Border Patrol brokers didn’t in reality “whip” Haitian migrants.

“Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be impeached; he ought to have been impeached lengthy earlier than this for a bunch of causes,” Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, informed The Day by day Sign on Wednesday.

“I laid out the case for impeachment [of Mayorkas] final spring, and this newest revelation demonstrates a complete disregard for his obligation and people he’s entrusted to steer,” Roy added. 

Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, issued the same assertion in a tweet, saying:

Alejandro Mayorkas knew the info, but nonetheless selected to smear our courageous border patrol. 

If solely he had an oz of the braveness [of U.S. Customs and Border Protection that] he purports to steer. He needs to be impeached.

Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-N.M., slammed Mayorkas on Twitter for throwing Border Patrol brokers “below the bus to look good for his media pals,” and known as on the homeland safety secretary to resign. 

“Mayorkas was introduced with the chance to do the correct factor on a number of events, but he made the fallacious determination at each flip. He intentionally selected to obfuscate the entire reality,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., informed The Day by day Sign in an e mail.

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Norman known as on Mayorkas to resign or face impeachment along with apologizing to the Border Patrol brokers.

Roman Jankowski, senior investigative counsel for the Oversight Challenge at The Heritage Basis, informed The Day by day Sign in an e mail:

The Heritage Basis’s Oversight Challenge knew from the start that Secretary Mayorkas was throwing these CBP brokers below the bus for political causes. We needed to make sure that the reality got here out about our courageous Border Patrol brokers, so we filed a FOIA request relating to this occasion.

Sadly, DHS was slow-rolling their response to our request, so we had been compelled to sue them in federal court docket. This e mail and others prefer it needs to be used to question Secretary Mayorkas.  Our objective is to reveal the Biden administration’s woke and progressive insurance policies and we’re simply getting began.

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