EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Ron Johnson penned a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding that he reveal by the tip of the week what number of migrants who have been apprehended have been launched into the US.
“At yesterday’s Senate listening to you did not reply my questions on primary info on apprehensions on the U.S. border,” the Wisconsin Republican wrote to Mayorkas Wednesday. “Of the roughly 1.3 million apprehensions, how many individuals have been returned, how many individuals have been detained, and the way many individuals have been dispersed into the U.S.?”
Johnson’s determine is a reference to the approximate variety of apprehensions to this point this 12 months.
“When requested for a similar info at a Home listening to in the present day, you continue to couldn’t present the info,” Johnson famous. “Because the disaster on the border worsens every week, it’s unacceptable that you simply selected to look earlier than the American individuals at a number of hearings unprepared to offer such essential info.”
In concluding his letter, Johnson stated that if Mayorkas can’t give a solution by the tip of the week he should “present a written response explaining why” he can’t reply the query.
“It’s onerous, if not unattainable to consider, that the administration can’t present this primary info,” Johnson informed Fox Information. “DHS has 240,000 staff and Secretary Mayorkas hasn’t tasked anybody with maintaining monitor of this Biden made border disaster? It’s a travesty that ought to outrage all Individuals.”
Greater than 14,000 Haitian migrants have been residing outside after surging throughout the border final week, tenting below the worldwide bridge in Del Rio, Texas. DHS has since despatched assets and brokers to deal with the disaster.
Mayorkas has repeatedly been grilled by Republican members of Congress. On Wednesday, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, quizzed Mayorkas on reports that the Biden administration had been warned about an incoming migrant disaster at Del Rio as early as June – months earlier than 1000’s of Haitian migrants arrived.
“We have not seen earlier than such a speedy irregular migration of people as we now have noticed and skilled with respect to the Haitians who’ve crossed the border in Del Rio, Texas,” Mayorkas stated Wednesday, making an attempt to place the disaster in perspective. “That has been an unprecedented pace.”
Fox Information reached out to Mayorkas’ workplace however didn’t obtain a right away response.
Fox Information’ Adam Shaw contributed to this text.