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The Biden administration is set to release new border numbers this week.

The figures are expected to reflect an increase in migration along the southern border in recent weeks. 

This comes as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging its staff to volunteer to help with what it admits are “overwhelming” numbers.

“We are dedicated to achieving and, quite frankly, are working around the clock to replace the cruelty of the past administration with an orderly, humane, and safe immigration process,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said

“It is hard, and it will take time. But rest assured, we are going to get it done.”

“You have likely seen the news about the overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the Southwest Border,” he said.

“President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to balance all of the other critical DHS missions.”

CBS News also reported that the number of migrant children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody reached a record high of 3,200.

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Republicans have blamed the overwhelming increase in migrants at the southern border on Biden’s “radical” policies. 

The Republican Study Committee released a memo explaining Biden’s role in the current situation.

“Over the next few months, Americans will watch the crisis on our border worsen. They will see the conse-quences of the radical left’s recklessness in real time. And every one of those consequences can be traced back to Joe Biden because every major change in our immigration policy since inauguration day was made unilaterally through the executive branch,” the memo said.

Alejandro Mayorkas claimed that it was not a crisis. He referred to the situation as a “challenge” and attributed the current difficulties to the prior Trump administration.

“It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established,” he said. “What we are seeing now at the order is the immediate result of the dismantlement of the system and the time that it takes to rebuild it virtually from scratch.”

Mayorkas also said that he will be implementing a volunteer force to assist in the situation.

The volunteer force will not be acting in any law enforcement capacity, rather, they will be doing activities such as managing property, preparing meals, doing supply runs, prescription medicine runs, housekeeping and assisting in control rooms.

Written ByLinn Win

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