Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) today are pressing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the Department’s use of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to facilitate the release and onward travel of thousands of illegal border crossers in the United States. The Republican lawmakers are requesting all documents and information related to the use of NGOs to release illegal border crossers, including a list of NGOs relied on by DHS and the use of taxpayer funds to subsidize these activities.

“The Biden Administration’s plan for dealing with historic levels of illegal border crossings amounts to a directive to components to simply release—with little to no consequence—more aliens, more quickly into the United States. To carry out this task, the Biden Administration increasingly relies on non-governmental organizations including those who may be receiving taxpayer funding from various federal or state sources. We write to conduct oversight into the relationship between DHS and non-governmental organizations who are facilitating those releases, as well as the use of taxpayer money to subsidize these activities. American taxpayers deserve to know where their money is going and how it is being used,” wrote the Republican lawmakers.

The Biden Administration’s numerous policies dismantling the United States’ lawful immigration system have created the worst border crisis in American history. NGOs have historically partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to provide temporary shelter and other humanitarian relief for migrants, but the Biden Administration is using them as a tool to enable the mass-release of hundreds of thousands of illegal border crossers into the United States. More than 400,000 illegal border crossers were released into the U.S. during President Biden’s first year in office, and tens of thousands more are released every month.

“It is clear that the Biden Administration relies heavily on NGOs to facilitate releases of illegal border crossers from DHS custody. Moreover, based on your statements, it appears that these NGOs are receiving taxpayer money, at the very least in the form of grants from DHS agencies, and perhaps from other departments or agencies throughout the federal government enterprise,” continued the Republican lawmakers.

The letter to Secretary Mayorkas can be found here.