House Republicans’ prime investigators wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday demanding he pony up reams of data on the chaotic border that he’s withheld throughout his tenure in office.
The letter from Rep. James Comer, the prime Republican on the Oversight and Reform Committee, foreshadows the points the GOP is prone to press Mr. Mayorkas on if Republicans, as anticipated, win control of the chamber in subsequent week’s elections.
Mr. Comer led fellow committee members in calling Mr. Mayorkas’s administration of the border an “abject failure.”
“We cannot endure another year of the Biden Administration’s failed border policies,” the lawmakers wrote. “We have written DHS fifteen times this Congress to conduct oversight over the border crisis. Again, we request documents and information to understand the Biden Administration’s plans, if any, to secure the border.”
Among the calls for are any paperwork describing Mr. Mayorkas’s plans to realize operational control of the southern border; plans to chop unlawful border crossings; plans to cut back the quantity of “gotaways” that the Border Patrol is aware of entered however couldn’t be interdicted; and plans to cut back the circulation of medicine and terrorism suspects.
The Washington Times has sought remark from Homeland Security.
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Mr. Comer and his colleagues fired off the letter simply after Homeland Security’s border company introduced the ultimate border numbers for fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30. Customs and Border Protection reported new highs for the quantity of unlawful immigrants encountered, quantity of terrorism suspects caught sneaking in and quantity of fentanyl detected.
The division hasn’t formally reported the complete quantity of migrant deaths at the border, however Fox News, citing inside information, mentioned that too broke data.
“President Biden’s border crisis continues to break all the wrong records,” Mr. Comer mentioned in a press release. “Oversight Committee Republicans are committed to holding the Biden Administration accountable for its dereliction of duty to secure the border. The American people demand transparency and accountability.”
Democrats, who control the House and Senate, have been reluctant to press Mr. Mayorkas and have largely shielded him from embarrassing public testimony.
The secretary has appeared earlier than Democrat-led committees for price range hearings or common oversight, however not for particular hearings on the border chaos.
And there are a lot of panels desperate to get a crack at him ought to the GOP declare both chamber.
In the Senate, each the Judiciary and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees may summon him. In the House, at the least three committees can declare the proper to demand solutions: Judiciary, Oversight and Homeland Security.
The Oversight Committee Republicans alone record letters to Mr. Mayorkas this Congress asking for solutions on his strategy to Trump-era insurance policies comparable to “Remain in Mexico” and the pandemic “Title 42” energy to expel migrants; unlawful immigrants boarding flights with out legitimate identification paperwork; cancelation of border wall building; and dealing with of Afghan evacuees.