Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary for homeland security, refused to call the situation at the southern U.S. border a “crisis” during a House hearing on Wednesday, even though he acknowledged earlier this week that border apprehensions are on pace to reach levels not seen in 20 years.
“Mr. Ranking Member, I’m not spending any time on the language that we use,” Mayorkas told Republican Rep. John Katko during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing when asked if the surge should be characterized as a crisis.
Katko stated that border patrol officials have referred to the recent influx of migrants “a crisis.”
“I am spending time on operational response to the situation at the border,” Mayorkas told Katko. “That’s what I’m focused on.”