Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) today led 36 of their colleagues in sending a follow up letter to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reiterate their call for a comprehensive review of the decisions by the Biden Administration that have led to the worst border crisis in United States history.
This is a follow up to their initial letter request in January. Since then, the border crisis has only gotten worse, which the lawmakers note in their letter by writing, “Since our letter was sent, the situation at the border has only become worse. In March 2022, DHS reported 221,303 apprehensions at the Southern Border, which is the highest number recorded for a single month in over twenty years.”
“Right now, the largest migrant caravan is heading toward our southern border as a direct result of the failed, open-border policies of Joe Biden. Since he took office, paused deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, and halted construction of the border wall, we have witnessed over 2.6 million illegal immigrants who have been emboldened by these policies apprehended at our border. Illegal immigration is fueling the flow of illegal drugs into our communities and human trafficking across our border, making all our communities less safe. It is time for Americans to know why this crisis is continuing, and I am proud to lead the push for answers. I will not allow this administration to get away with their failed policies,” Congresswoman Stefanik said.
“The Biden administrations’ failures and egregious mismanagement of the U.S. southern border have created an unprecedented humanitarian and national security crisis for our nation. Joe Biden is laying out a welcome mat for human traffickers and savage cartels bringing drugs and crime to our communities, and blatantly ignoring U.S. laws and policies that are designed to keep America safe. For over a year, I have demanded real action to secure the border, and back in January, I urged the Biden administration to investigate the cause of its border failures. We must get to the bottom of this and ensure accountability for this man-made crisis. We won’t stop fighting until the border is secure and the American people get the answers they deserve,” Senator Scott said.
Stefanik and Scott both led the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act in the House and Senate respectively.
Read the full letter here.