House Republicans demand border-related documents from Mayorkas

by Jacob Fuller

Willie R. Tubbs, FISM News


Kentucky Republican Rep. James Comer has officially alerted Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas of the specific questions for which a conservative-run House will soon demand answers.

In a letter dated Nov. 21, two days before House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy issued Mayorkas an ultimatum to resign or be impeached, Comer laid out eight points that will be central to a promised House investigation into the crisis at the U.S. southern border.

“The Biden Administration’s talking point — wholly divorced from reality — that it is working to create a ‘safe, orderly, and humane’ immigration system is rhetoric so out-of-touch that its repetition only raises additional concerns,” Comer, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, wrote. “The current state of the southern border is dangerous, chaotic, and inhumane as smugglers continue to profit from the Biden Administration’s self-inflicted crisis.”

Comer later added, “The American people deserve to know what has caused the unprecedented surge at the border and the lax interior enforcement. DHS and its component agencies possess information critical to this investigation.”

The congressman then laid an octet of document categories he and fellow Republicans expect to receive by Dec. 5.

In a move reminiscent of the discovery process common to most trials, Comer demanded all documents and communications pertaining to:

  • The number of illegal border crossers released from DHS custody and into the U.S. during the Biden administration
  • DHS efforts to secure the southern border, inclusive of plans to reduce illegal border crossings, increase the seizure of illicit drugs like fentanyl, and prevent terrorists from entering the country
  • The decision to terminate the Migrant Protection Protocols program, better known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy
  • Any analysis of the effect of the crisis on the morale among U.S. Border Patrol agents
  • The use of non-governmental organizations in facilitating releases of recent illegal border crossers from DHS custody
  • Messages from DHS to ICE employees in reference to a September 2021 memorandum in which Mayorkas laid out a method for prioritizing deportations.
  • Any analysis regarding the impact of the September 2021 memorandum on removal proceedings
  • Any analysis of the factors contributing to what Comer described as “historically low interior enforcement actions and resulting removals by ICE.”

Comer stressed the seriousness of the issue.

The Biden border policies have put America on a path to destruction with fentanyl flowing across the border and becoming a leading cause of death among Americans. Committee Republicans in the 118th Congress will continue to conduct oversight of the humanitarian and national security catastrophe created by the Biden Administration’s policies.

Mayorkas has stated he will not resign. As of this writing, it is unclear to what extent, if at all, Mayorkas will adhere to Comer’s demands.