Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee are looking to pile pressure on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the aftermath of explosive testimony from Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, which the committee’s chairman described as “earth-shattering.”

On Wednesday, Ortiz was the main witness at the committee’s field hearing in McAllen, Texas, and he defied the administration on a number of issues. Ortiz told lawmakers that he disagreed with President Biden’s call to halt wall construction, that policies were in place that prevented agents from doing their jobs, and that he supported agents falsely accused of whipping Haitian migrants.

However, lawmakers took away Ortiz’s statement that the US does not have operational control of the

border – a statement that contradicted what Mayorkas told lawmakers last year – and that historic migrant flows were overwhelming multiple sectors.

“We have seen an increase in flow in five of those nine southwest border sectors, which has put a significant strain on our resources and really forced the Border Patrol to move so agents and even migrants to some of the other areas,” he said in response to a question about the border’s security.

Chairman Mark Green described those takeaways as “huge statements” in an interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday.

“I knew he was the type of guy who would shoot straight and be truthful. And we prepared by doing our homework and being ready. I believe you combined the two and got what we got, which is some pretty earth-shattering stuff “He stated.

With the border crisis still ongoing and the end of Title 42 expulsions less than two months away, Green told Fox that his committee is looking for additional testimony after the hearing on Wednesday. Mayorkas is likely to be one of those called to testify by the committee. Green predicted that the committee would have “tons of questions” for the

DHS Director.

“I think we want to talk to all of the sector chiefs, but especially the five who are dealing with the overflow right now,” he said. “And then, at some point, Secretary Mayorkas will have to come and answer the question of whether he lied to Congress or is simply unaware of the definition in the code that defines operational security.”

Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas, who also grilled Ortiz during the hearing, praised the Chief for handling what Republicans acknowledged was a difficult situation for the official.

“Chief Ortiz is to be commended for walking a fine line, as one of my other colleagues put it, of respecting the political hierarchy while also telling the truth.”

telling the truth and saying “enough” “He stated.

It was past time, “He stated.

“I’m glad someone had the courage to tell the truth about that.”

Pfluger, too, believed that hearing from Mayorkas was one of the next steps.

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