Biden's DHS Secretary Called to Testify on Border Crisis
House Judiciary Committee Republicans to grill Alejandro Mayorkas on migrant crisis
Democrat Joe Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the ongoing border crisis, according to reports.
Mayorkas will be grilled by Republican committee members about the surge in illegal immigration during Biden’s first five months in office.
The hearing and Mayorkas' testimony were revealed in a letter first obtained by Breitbart News.
In the letter, Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee ranking member Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) criticized Democrats’ lack of response to Republicans’ border concerns.
They demand Mayorkas must appear before the Judiciary Committee.
It is customary for the DHS secretary to appear before the committee at least once per year or more upon request.
“Because Democrats refuse to address the Biden border crisis, we write to you directly to request that you make yourself available to testify at the Committee about the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the border,” Jordan and McClintock wrote, according to Breitbart.
Read a copy of the letter here.
The letter comes as illegal migration numbers have skyrocketed during the last several months. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported border officials have encountered more than 100,000 migrants crossing the border illegally every month since February, representing staggering monthly increases over last year.
The most recent data shows May saw 180,034 encounters, compared with 23,237 in May 2020, a 675 percent increase.
The influx in illegal migration coincides with several new or modified immigration policies of the Biden administration, including the dismantling of asylum agreements with Northern Triangle countries, terminating Remain in Mexico, and slowly scaling back the Title 42 public health policy that allows border agents to quickly expel illegal migrants.
“The Biden-Harris Administration repealed Trump Administration programs and policies that helped to stem the rising tide of illegal immigration,” Jordan and McClintock wrote.
"Instead, the Biden-Harris Administration instituted open-border policies and rhetoric that incentivized aliens to illegally enter the U.S."
The letter notes threats the border crisis poses to Americans’ “safety and security” but does not mention the impact it has on Americans’ jobs and the economy.
The Republican congressmen requested a prompt response from Mayorkas indicating his willingness to appear at a hearing before the Judiciary Committee.
For Mayorkas to testify, committee chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) must schedule the hearing.