Republicans Seek Answers on DHS Plan to Address Border Crisis

Republicans Seek Answers on DHS Plan to Address Border Crisis

( – President Joe Biden signed a fistful of executive orders aimed at reversing his predecessor’s immigration policies on his first day in office. In the intervening months, policing immigration at southern border crossing points has steadily become more of a challenge. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called the resulting situation a “crisis” while speaking to reporters at the US/Mexico border on Tuesday, March 9.

Later that day, Biden ignored a reporter’s question about the recent surge in crossings at the nation’s southern border. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the agency tasked with overall responsibility for border security, immigration and customs, and anti-terrorism, appears to be doing the same.

House Oversight Committee Republicans wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on March 9, objecting to his “silence” on the mounting crisis at the nation’s southern border and inquiring about his plan to remedy the situation.

Signed by 20 Republican committee members, the letter states they “still don’t know” if the administration has a plan to reduce border crossings by unaccompanied children or prevent the spread of COVID-19 as migrants are released into border communities by DHS officials.

As the letter concluded, silence by the Biden administration can only be interpreted “as a confirmation” it doesn’t have “a coherent plan to respond” to the border crisis.

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