Alejandro Mayorkas denies responsibility for murder of Maryland mom by illegal immigrant

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas denied any responsibility for the Biden Administration, stating that "the criminal" was to blame for the murder of Maryland mother Rachel Morin. The murder, allegedly committed by illegal immigrant Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez, has sparked significant criticism of the administration's border policies.

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  • Rachel Morin, a Maryland mother of five, was brutally murdered in August 2023 near a hiking trail in Bel Air, Maryland. The suspect, Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • During an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta, Mayorkas expressed condolences but emphasized that the criminal should be held accountable, not the administration.

  • Critics argue that the Biden administration's lax border policies have allowed dangerous individuals to enter the country, leading to such tragic incidents. Articles of impeachment have been filed against Mayorkas for allegedly failing to enforce federal immigration laws.

Diving Deeper:

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently faced questions about the murder of Rachel Morin, a Maryland mother of five, who was allegedly killed by Victor Antonio Martinez-Hernandez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador. Martinez-Hernandez, who crossed into the United States illegally under Biden in February 2023, is accused of committing a violent crime spree, including a home invasion in Los Angeles before making his way to Maryland​.

In an interview with CNN's Jim Acosta, Mayorkas deflected responsibility, stating, "A criminal is responsible for the criminal act. The criminal who committed this heinous act should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law." Critics have accused Mayorkas and the Biden administration of failing to secure the border, which they claim has allowed criminals like Martinez-Hernandez to enter the country and commit violent crimes.

Rachel Morin was reported missing on August 5th, 2023, and her body was found the next day near a hiking trail. DNA evidence linked Martinez-Hernandez to the crime, leading to his arrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Authorities believe he had previously committed a murder in El Salvador and a violent assault in Los Angeles before targeting Morin​.

The backlash against Mayorkas has intensified, with figures like New York City Councilwoman Vickie Paladino stating, "The border will remain open, people will pour in unvetted, deportations and enforcement will remain nonexistent, and Americans will continue to die​". 

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