Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers about Biden’s “failed policies” at the border. Johnson wanted to know when the government was made aware of the surge of Haitian immigrants at the border and why the Biden administration ignored that intelligence.
Johnson said to his understanding, intelligence was aware of the potential for a surge of migrants at the border.
He wrote, “Yet, in the case of the surge of the Haitian migrants at the border, it appears that the Biden administration decided to ignore intelligence indicating a potential migrant surge.”
Johnson said, “According to a report, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis ‘all had information as far back as July indicating that large groups of migrants’ would soon arrive at our southern border.”
“The Biden administration’s failure to act on intelligence to secure our borders and implement policies to prevent future migrant surges will result in more migrants overwhelming our southern border,” the senator wrote. “In fact, reports indicate another surge of potentially 60,000 migrants are making their way to the southern border. Other reports suggest that an additional caravan will embark for the southern border imminently.”
“Our border is being overrun, placing our brave Border Patrol agents in an impossible situation,” the senator continued. Johnson asked that the DHS provide the following information to him no later than November 19:
- When did DHS become aware that 30,000 migrants who amassed in Del Rio, Texas, were heading for the southern border? Please provide any intelligence or other information referring or relating to the thousands of migrants who amassed in Del Rio, Texas, in September 2021.
- Please provide the names and titles of all DHS officials who reviewed or received the reported intelligence or information in July 2021 regarding the travel of thousands of Haitians to the southern border.
- Why did DHS delay deportations of the Haitian migrants who illegally crossed into Del Rio, Texas in September?
Please provide all documents and communications referring or relating to this decision.
- Please provide any information or intelligence DHS has relating to the reported caravan of 60,00 migrants who plan to travel to the southern border, or any other migrant caravan which is planning to travel or currently traveling to the southern border.
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Photo “Ron Johnson” by Senator Ron Johnson. Photo “Alejandro Mayorkas” by World Travel & Tourism Council. CC BY 2.0. Background Photo “El Paso (Santa Teresa) Border Wall System 20 Mile Project” by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.