More than 200,000 migrants were apprehended in both August and July
first on GranthshalaRepublicans on the House Homeland Security Committee have written to President Biden calling for his administration to be transparent about the “out of control” situation at the southern border, amid persistent complaints by Republicans that the administration is not providing information to Congress. Used to be.
“The dire situation at the Southwest border is a crisis that has spiraled out of control,” said the letter to the committee of 16 Republicans led by ranking member John Katko, R-NY.
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There were more than 200,000 migrant fears in the months of July and August, which has fueled criticism of the administration’s withdrawal of migrant protection protocols (MPPs) such as border crossings – which kept migrants in Mexico as they went through immigration proceedings. The administration was ordered by a federal order to reinstate the policy, and has since announced that it will seek to end the policy in line with the ruling.
“We are extremely disappointed to learn that your administration intends to terminate [MPP] In the coming weeks,” he writes.
Republicans have also criticized the limited application of Title 42 evictions, with only 19% of migrant households being expelled because of an order previously implemented more broadly by the Trump administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That criticism has been heightened by the Haitian migrant crisis last month, in which more than 15,000 mainly Haitian migrants camped under the international bridge in Del Rio – of whom only a limited number have been deported.
Meanwhile, former officials have criticized the administration for its handling of the crisis, with the recently accused the late border chief Rodney Scott and former Haiti envoy Daniel Foote alleging that the recommendations were ignored along with how to deal with various crises. or was dismissed – with regard to the allegations as MPs describe.
With that background, lawmakers rejected Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas’ claim that the border is secure.
“We have sent a very clear message in light of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic, that the border is not open and that people should not make dangerous travel here,” Meyerkas said last month. “We are returning people to other countries.”
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Republicans pushed back, citing estimates of more than 300,000 “gotaways” who have fled to the US, overwhelming Border Patrol agents.
“The border is neither closed nor safe. How can one say that the border is closed in the last eight months, [Customs and Border Protection] The number of migrants crossing the border illegally has exceeded many records? Why is your administration trying to deceive the American people that the border is safe?”
Lawmakers also urged Biden to ensure that his administration is more transparent with the committee on questions related to the border.
“It is time for your administration to take appropriate steps to prevent a repeat of what we saw in Del Rio, Texas,” he writes. “We demand transparency from your administration on behalf of the American people.”
Republicans in Congress have been pushing for more information about the crisis for months, often complaining that their requests are ignored by DHS. Republicans have introduced a motion to investigate in the House, but it has so far been hampered by procedural changes implemented by the Democratic majority.