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BORDER CRISIS: GOP lawmakers demand answers from DHS for giving migrants ‘public health’ exemptions

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Ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee wrote a letter Tuesday demanding to know why the Biden administration is letting illegal migrants crossing the southern border into the country, further infracting on Title 42.

Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), and James Comer (R-KY) penned the letter to Mayorkas, asking for his cooperation. “As the Ranking Members of the House committees of relevant jurisdiction, we are entitled to know what criteria you believe to warrant a humanitarian exception,” they wrote. After all, details surrounding the exemptions “are necessary for Congress to know to perform our oversight of the Biden Administration’s immigration enforcement,” they went on.

Mayorkas has until May 28th to provide them with the criteria for these asylum seekers and also the list of non-governmental organizations DHS has teamed up with lately.

During President Trump’s term, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention enacted Title 42, a public health order that precluded asylum seekers from entering the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas even previously claimed that he had no power to undo the order. Already, migrant children and some families were considered exceptions to the rule. But, DHS faced backlash, namely from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The American Civil Liberties Union was also demanding action, calling for as many as 250 aliens a day to be granted asylum.

So, on May 12, a DHS spokesman corrected the record: “we are working to streamline a system for identifying and lawfully processing particularly vulnerable individuals who warrant humanitarian exceptions under the order.” Then, that following first week 50 people were given an exemption to Title 42 and let in the country anyway. But the very next week, DHS made 40-50 exceptions a day.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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