The Florida Republican's letter to Mayorkas comes after Border Patrol agents reported 221,000 migrant encounters in March, the highest number seen under President Joe Biden so far.
“The situation at our southern border is untenable. Securing borders and deciding who may be permitted lawful entry is the prime directive of any sovereign nation,” Gaetz wrote.
“It would take 14.5 years to deport just the aliens DHS has released under the Biden Administration, when we have near 1.9 million aliens eligible for deportation currently,” he noted.
Migrant encounters are expected to increase after Biden ends Title 42, a Trump-era migration mitigation measure instituted during the COVID-19 pandemic.