The GOP-led House Oversight and Accountability Committee revealed Thursday that it will lead a hearing early next month to investigate the Biden administration’s policies that they claim have “fueled human smuggling” and empowered drug cartels at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"The House Oversight Committee is launching its investigation into the Biden administration's handling of the southern border, with Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) inviting Border Patrol sector chiefs to testify the week of Feb. 6."https://t.co/TmJNkSOgFH
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“President Biden’s radical open borders agenda has ignited the worst border crisis in American history,” said committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY).
This comes as the U.S. has had record-high encounters of illegal aliens at the southern border in the last fiscal year. A reported 2.4 million migrants illegally crossed the border in the fiscal year 2022, with almost 4 million total under Biden.
“The Biden Administration’s deliberate actions 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,” Comer additionally said.
He promised that the GOP will ensure the White House is held accountable for the crisis, which has essentially “turned every town into a border town.”
Comer’s press release clarified that the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability chairman sent an inquiry to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas surrounding the hearing, which will reportedly take place on the week of Feb. 6.
Comer has asked chief Border Patrol agents from four different southern border sectors to testify against the administration, and has told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to bring forth agency documents, including “any analysis of the factors contributing to historically low interior enforcement actions and resulting removals.”
Sky News Australia discussed the Republican initiative to investigate Joe Biden’s performance at the southern border, highlighting the massive and unprecedented levels of illegal immigration that have recently been seen in the United States.
The outlet also played a clip of Fox News reporter Bill Melugin attempting to ask Mayorkas Thursday if he has any comments to Republicans calling for his impeachment and whether or not he will cooperate with the investigative hearing.
Mayorkas said little, simply answering, “good morning,” to Melugin’s initial inquiry.