WASHINGTON – On Thursday, August 12, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas.
Secretary Mayorkas received operational briefings on frontline operations at Border Patrol processing facilities, and heard directly from Border Patrol leadership in the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding sectors. Secretary Mayorkas also met with Border Patrol Agents and thanked them for their unwavering dedication to the mission despite the many challenges they face.
Secretary Mayorkas also met with border sheriffs, local and federal leaders, and NGOs. During the meetings, Secretary Mayorkas thanked them for their partnership, reiterated that the situation at the border is a priority for the Department - especially with the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic - and laid out how the Department is executing its plan to address the border situation.
Speaking at the Fort Brown Border Patrol Station in Brownsville, Secretary Mayorkas outlined actions the Department of Homeland Security has taken in the past six months and the steps the Biden-Harris Administration continues to take to implement a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.