Psaki finally agrees to release the number of Haitian migrants apprehended that ...

Psaki finally agrees to release the number of Haitian migrants apprehended that ...
Psaki finally agrees to release the number of Haitian migrants apprehended that ...

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House will finally release information on how many of the thousands of migrants camped out under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas have been released into the United States.

At her daily press briefing on Wednesday, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy confronted Psaki on the numbers - which he said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas didn't know. 

'So who else can we ask?' Doocy asked.

When the press secretary attempted to direct him back to DHS, an incredulous Doocy replied, 'He says he doesn't know.'

'I am confident that he wanted to have the most up-to-date numbers and we will venture to get you those -I promise, this afternoon,' Psaki replied. 

In a follow-up question Doocy asked if the issue was not knowing or if 'a lot more people are being released into the US than are being sent out.'

'That is certainly not the issue,' Psaki said.

It's not clear when those figures will actually become public. 

Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a Fox News reporter that he'll get updated numbers on the migrant crisis this afternoon

Peter Doocy grilled Psaki on the Biden administration's perceived inaction on immigration reform

Peter Doocy grilled Psaki on the Biden administration's perceived inaction on immigration reform

Mayorkas meanwhile was at the Capitol today for his second day of back-to-back Congressional hearings.

Republican Florida Rep. Carlos Gimenez asked Mayorkas today about how many of the migrants apprehended at the border this year were detained, returned or 'dispersed.'

'I would be pleased to provide you with specific data subsequent to this hearing, congressman,' Mayorkas answered. 

Gimenez accused Mayorkas of being unprepared for the hearing, to which the DHS chief snapped about his long work hours.

'I work 18 hours a day, OK? So when I returned from yesterday’s hearing, I actually focused on mission. We will get that data, both to the senator who posed it yesterday and to you, congressman, today,' he said.

It follows on from Tuesday's hearing before the Senate when Mayorkas still could not provide migrant data.

'I want some numbers here. Of the 1.3 million people that we've apprehended, how many people have been returned? How many people are being detained? How many people have been dispersed to all points around America?' Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin asked the secretary during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing. 

DHS Secretary Mayorkas was grilled by lawmakers in back-to-back hearings yesterday and today

DHS Secretary Mayorkas was grilled by lawmakers in back-to-back hearings yesterday and today

'Senator, I would be pleased to provide you with that data — ' Mayorkas said before he was cut off.

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