Mayorkas Picks a Panel of Yes Men (and Women)



The newly reconstituted Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) is loaded with men and women dedicated to more immigration, more foreign labor and evermore profits for their global ventures.

New panelists include CEOs from General Motors, Oracle, American Airlines, United Airlines and Bank of America, plus a host of other stakeholders equally committed to open-borders policies. The left-leaning Brookings Institution has not one, but two, representatives onboard.

The pecuniary and political bent of these appointments by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas comes as no surprise. Under President Barack Obama, Mayorkas preached the “Get to Yes” gospel while running U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its scandal-ridden cash-for-visas program. Now, broadening his scope, he has moved on several fronts to cripple and dismantle immigration enforcement at every DHS agency.

Jon Feere, an analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies, said Mayorkas’ HSAC is “made up primarily of establishment business and cheap labor/open border advocates. … I don’t see any that seek to promote the interest of American workers, nor do I see anyone who has made a career of demanding a serious commitment to the enforcement of immigration laws.”

Rather than selfless volunteers asking what they can do for their country, Secretary Mayorkas’ panel is larded with special interests possibly inclined to reverse that question. It’s a disturbing prospect, given that the U.S. already is home to record numbers of immigrants – legal and illegal – and American workers are disadvantaged daily by the deluge.

If HSAC intends to fulfill a meaningful role in safeguarding America’s sovereignty, the critical missions of border enforcement and workplace security must top the priority list. “Get to Yes” Mayorkas might not appreciate any contrary advice, but the American people expect honest brokers who put this country first, not self-dealers giving political cover to un-American agendas.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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