(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.) said Friday that U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz’s testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee this week shows that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been lying to Congress for the last two years about the southern border being under control.
The congressman said he thinks the number of gotaways at the southern border is actually higher than Ortiz’s estimate of 358,000 gotaways plus 10 to 20 percent more so far this year.
“Well those are folks that don't want to be apprehended. The majority of migrants coming through they actually follow signs that takes them right to the Customs and Border Patrol agents, and they turn themselves in knowing that with all probability they’re going to be allowed in the United States,” the congressman told Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”
“There’s 1.3 million that we know of, and like the chef said, there’s another 10 or 20% - I actually think that is low. I think it’s even higher than that, that got away that don't want to be detected, and they got away. We don't know who they are. We don't know where they came from. We don't know where they are. We certainly don't know what they are doing here or what their intentions are,” he said.
Jimenez commended Ortiz for his courage for being honest about the real situation at the border.
“Even the chief and I got to give him kudos for courage, he told us that out of nine sectors that he controls the customs and border protection now have, five of them are out of control,” the congressman said.
“He has no operational control on five out of the nine sectors on our southern border, which is in direct contradiction to what Secretary Mayorkas has been telling us for two years that no this border is under control,” he said.
“The chief in charge of all those agents has said and told under oath that five of those sectors are out of control, so basically—no, not basically. The second has been lying to us for the last two years.” Jimenez said.
When asked if he wants DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas impeached, the congressman said, “Yeah, no, no, I mean this secretary is -- is a disaster. The border a disaster. You know he was appointed by President Biden.
“He should remove him, but I believe that actually he’s doing President Biden’s bidding, so I think President Biden I think is really happy what is going on at the border, because another question that I asked is you know is the president dumb or Secretary Mayorkas are they dumb. The answer was no, and I don't believe they are dumb,” he said.
“So they've been told over and over again the things they have to do to control border. They refuse to do it which means they want to do it on purpose. So this is all done on purpose. The reasons why they’re doing it on purpose? I don't know. By the way, those -- those terrorists that we know we got, they were apprehended,” Jimenez said.
“How many terrorists actually getting through that our gotaways if you are a real terrorist I don't think you really want to go, and get apprehended I think you want to get away, so whatever that number is over 89, 90, that we have apprehended, you can probably triple that on the got away side, at least,” he said.
On China, Jimenez said they are an adversary, not a competitor.
“Look our select committee says competitor, but no. They are an adversary. Look, a competitor is somebody that’s playing the same game by the same rules. China doesn't play by the same rules. They don’t follow the rules, so that’s an adversary in my estimation, and I am going to be proven right. They totally are an adversary,” he said.
“What China does is not in the best interest of the United States. We need to decouple from China as quickly as possible. We need our allies to decouple as quickly as possible. They want to devour us. I think we've woken up allies starting to wake up too about the reality of what China really is, and threat Chinese communist party poses not only to United States but to rest of the free world,” the congressman said.
Jimenez said that the House Oversight Committee with Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) will dig into why President Biden is so soft on China.
“It could be that he has interests and his family has had interests and has been paid for and paid by Chinese communist party and other nations,” he said.