WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting answers and expressing concerns about the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis they created. Drastic White House policy changes, including the termination of the “Remain in Mexico” protocol and a return to the dangerous policy of “catch-and-release,” have led to a surge of illegal immigration, overwhelming Border Patrol agents and facilities, and threatening to exacerbate the public health situation.
In the letter, Tiffany cites experiences and firsthand information he received during a recent trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Many migrants illegally cross the border with no identity documents. Upon being released, many are put on commercial flights and fan out across the country. Border Patrol officials admitted that they do not have any mechanism to track the illegal aliens once they leave federal custody.
There are also conflicting reports about if, or how many of the migrants are tested for COVID-19 before they are released, and who is paying for their travel.
“Americans are being subjected to intense restrictions on their personal freedom, both by the government and by private companies,” said Tiffany. “These include everything from business capacity limitations and mandatory temperature checks to strict quarantine lockdowns and vigorous contact tracing requirements.”
“Yet, record numbers of illegal aliens – whom we know little about and who potentially pose serious risks to public health and national security, are seemingly permitted to sidestep all of these rules as they melt into communities nationwide, putting pressure on local schools, hospitals and other taxpayer services without any say from the affected communities,” said Tiffany.
Read the full letter here.