EXCLUSIVE: 5 Republican senators demanded Friday that former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott be allowed to testify earlier than Congress concerning a letter he wrote blistering the Biden administration for the border disaster.
Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., James Lankford, R-Okla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., urged Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Safety, and rating member Sen. Rob Portman, D-Ohio, to listen to from Scott, who retired in June after 30 years in Border Patrol when the Biden administration forced him out.
“On Monday, we obtained a duplicate of a letter that the previous Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Rodney Scott, despatched to you each in addition to Senate Majority Chief Schumer and Minority Chief McConnell,” the senators wrote. “This letter, which was dated 13 days in the past, is a scathing first-hand account of this administration’s failure to deal with the disaster on the border.”
The letter went on to notice how Scott alleged in his Sept. 11 missive that the Biden administration’s group on the Division of Homeland Safety “is laser-focused on expediting the movement of migrants into the U.S. and downplaying the numerous vulnerability this creates for terrorists, narcotics smugglers, human traffickers, and even hostile nations to achieve entry to our homeland.”
Scott additionally mentioned he “witnessed a scarcity of any significant effort to safe our borders. Opposite to the present rhetoric, this isn’t merely one other unlawful immigration surge. This can be a nationwide safety menace.”
Explaining how Scott is keen to testify below oath about what he has seen alongside the border, the senators connected his five-page letter.
“Given this Committee’s listening to on Tuesday on the threats to the homeland, we respectfully request that you simply permit Mr. Scott to offer his testimony in entrance of this Committee as quickly as potential to make sure the completeness of the document on this essential subject,” they added.
In his letter to Senate management, which was really delivered Sept. 16, Scott warned that Border Patrol is dropping its skill to police the southern border amid an unprecedented surge in illegal immigration.
Scott wrote partially that he’s “sickened by the avoidable and fast disintegration of what was arguably the simplest border safety in our Nation’s historical past.” He blamed the deteriorating circumstances on inexperienced political appointees who allegedly ignore the recommendation of seasoned professionals and supply false info to Congress.
“In my skilled evaluation, the U.S. Border Management is quickly dropping the situational consciousness required to know who or what’s getting into our Homeland,” Scott warned. “The power of USBP to detect and interdict people who need to evade apprehension is being degraded every day.”