Major Development: House Oversight Committee Is Looking To Investigate The Biden Adminstration’s Lax Southern Border Policies
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The House Oversight Committee is extending its investigation into the Biden administration’s U.S.-Mexico border policies.
Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky, wants transcribed interviews with the seven remaining chiefs overseeing sections along the southern border.
“The uniqueness of each sector demonstrates a need for the Committee to obtain additional information regarding other sectors on the southern border,” Comer writes in a letter to Border Patrol Acting Commissioner Troy Miller sent Sunday.
Comer also noted that the interviews would be conducted at the border to “accommodate the Chief Patrol Agents’ schedules and minimize impact to agency operations.”
Last month, Comer sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas accusing the DHS of trying to prevent four sector chiefs from testifying before the panel. The committee then “accommodated DHS, accepting only two Chief Patrol Agents as witnesses, representing the Tucson and Rio Grande Valley sectors.”
Comer now wants to hear from the remaining four chiefs.
“As one witness emphasized, ‘if you’ve seen one Border Patrol sector, you have only seen one Border Patrol sector,'” Comer wrote.
“One of the witnesses testified that Border Patrol agents have valuable information and experience to guide lawmakers in search of legislative solutions.”
Comer has requested for the border chiefs from San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, El Paso, Del Rio, and Laredo sectors to testify.
In his letter he recently wrote, he accused the DHS of “obstructing congressional oversight.”
“Instead of working to facilitate the testimony of those law enforcement professionals, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is refusing to permit the four invited Chief Patrol Agents to appear and provide live testimony at a Committee hearing. DHS is obstructing congressional oversight,” Comer wrote to Mayorkas.
“DHS pays lip service to its own internal protocols in making this determination, and even argues that it is DHS’s prerogative — not Congress’s — to determine for congressional committees who would be an appropriate witness.”
Since the House Republicans are continuing their probe of the administration’s southern border policies, DHS has hired counsel to prepare for potential impeachment inquiries.
Back in November, Comer also sent letters out to senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He wrote them letters to request information about the policies that have fueled the ongoing border and fentanyl crises and the mismanagement of taxpayer dollars.
President Biden’s radical open borders agenda has ignited the worst border crisis in American history. This administration’s reckless policies are fueling human smuggling, stimulating drug cartel operations, enabling deadly drugs such as fentanyl to flow into American communities, and encouraging illegal immigrants to flout U.S. immigration laws. Not only has the Biden Administration failed to secure the border, but it is also diverting critical taxpayer dollars intended for public health to pay for its self-inflicted crisis,” said Ranking Member James Comer.
“Oversight Republicans will be relentless in our pursuit to hold Biden Administration officials accountable for this ongoing humanitarian, national security, and public health crisis. The Biden Administration must cooperate with congressional oversight in order to provide the American people with transparency and accountability.”
The President and Vice President still say that there is no crisis at our southern border.