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WATCH LIVE: House homeland security committee holds hearing with Mayorkas on immigration

A House committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Faced with a rising number of migrants at the southwest border and criticism from all sides, Mayorkas insisted on Tuesday that the situation is under control as he defended a policy of allowing teens and children crossing by themselves to remain in the country.

Mayorkas conceded that a surge in the number of children, mostly from Central America, is a challenge for the Border Patrol and other agencies amid the coronavirus pandemic. But he rejected a Trump-era policy of sending them immediately back to Mexico or other countries.