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FIRST ON FOX: Republicans in the House and Senate are once again urging the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General to launch a “comprehensive” review of the Biden administration’s handling of the southern border crisis, as the already high numbers are expected to increase.
More than 100 Republicans from both houses had written to DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari in January demanding “a full review of the Biden administration’s decisions that led to the worst border crisis in US history.” .
DOZENS OF HOUSE, SENATE REPUBLICANS CALL ON DHS INSPECTOR GENERAL TO REVIEW BIDEN’S BORDER ACTIONS
A DHS OIG spokesperson confirmed to Fox News at the time that he had received the letter: “We take all requests from Congress seriously and are reviewing them to better inform our work, including work in progress. and future,” the spokesperson said.
In the latest letter, a copy of which was obtained by Fox News Digital, Republicans say there is precedent for the OIG to begin an investigation based on a minority party request to Congress, including reporting issues in 2017 and 2018.
Both demands were led by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. Signatories included 23 House Republicans and 10 senators.
As Department Inspector General, you are uniquely positioned to help ameliorate the crisis on our southern border,” they say. “We entrust you and your office with the task of providing ‘independent oversight and promoting excellence, integrity and accountability within DHS.’
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Lawmakers say they provided “ample evidence of mismanagement” at the highest levels of the department, including ignoring the law in favor of policy directives. They also alleged that the administration had been warned by career professionals that implementing the administration’s policies would result in a border push.
“America faces the worst border crisis in its history, and Congress has directly requested your assistance and expertise,” they wrote.
The letter comes as numbers have soared in recent months and are expected to rise in the summer months. There were more than 234,000 encounters with migrants in April, and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently said “the numbers could still increase.”
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Officials had warned that ending deportations under the Title 42 public health order, as the Biden administration tried to do last month, could see more numbers at the border. However, a federal judge has so far blocked that attempt.
In a statement, Rep. Stefanik noted that the migrant caravan was heading towards the US border from southern Mexico, calling it a “direct result of the failure of Joe Biden’s open border policies.”
“Since he took office, suspended deportations of millions of illegal immigrants and halted construction of the border wall, we have seen over 2.6 million illegal immigrants who have been emboldened by these apprehended policies at our illegal immigration fuels the flow of illegal drug immigrants into our communities and the trafficking of people across our borders, making all of our communities less safe,” she said. “It’s time Americans knew why this crisis continues, and I am proud to lead the campaign for answers. I will not allow this administration to get away with its failed policies.”
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Senator Scott said the administration’s mismanagement had led to an “unprecedented humanitarian and national security crisis for our nation”.
“For more than a year, I have demanded real action to secure the border, and in January I urged the Biden administration to investigate the cause of its border failures. We need to get to the bottom of the issues. things and guarantee accountability for this man-made crisis,” he said in a statement. “We won’t stop fighting until the border is secure and the American people get the answers they deserve.”
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