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Simpson Joins Colleagues in Investigating DHS Transportation of Illegal Immigrants

Simpson Joins Colleagues in Investigating DHS Transportation of Illegal Immigrants  

Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) sent a letter with his colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, demanding answers after reports surfaced of illegal immigrants being released and even transported by DHS across the U.S. interior.  Representative Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD) co-led the letter, which was initially reported by Fox News, with DHS Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN). In the letter the members wrote:  

“[O]ur constituents have contacted our offices with concerns and outrage over recent reports of aliens being transported and released, at taxpayer expense, into the interior of the United States under the cover of darkness. In light of these reports, we urgently request that you provide our offices a report, broken down by congressional district, detailing how many migrants who have entered the country illegally have been released into the United States, the cost to the federal government of transporting these migrants prior to release, and what security and health screening protocols were in place associated with any such release.” 

Further, the members wrote: “In addition to our concerns surrounding your department’s policies with respect to detention of illegal border crossers, it is our firm belief that taxpayer resources should not be used to transport these individuals to secondary destinations within the interior, especially without proper notification to Members of Congress and local law-enforcement officials as well as full transparency for the general public.” 

“President Biden’s approach to border security has been a disaster from the beginning,” said Representative Simpson.  “Americans have seen record levels of human trafficking, fentanyl, and criminals crossing the border and now reports of illegal immigrants being flown into U.S. cities. It is clear the Biden Administration is failing miserably at our southern border. House Republicans are committed to holding the Administration accountable and demanding transparency for these reckless policies.” 

A full copy of the letter is attached. Congressmen Simpson, Harris, and Fleischmann were joined in the letter by Reps. Ken Calvert (R-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Hal Rogers (R-KY), John Carter (R-TX), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), John Rutherford (R-FL), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Ben Cline (R-VA), Mark Amodei (R-NV), David Valadao (R-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Mike Garcia (R-CA). 

Click HERE to read the full letter. 
Click HERE to read on Fox News.