10.06.21

Daines Presses DHS for Answers on Release of Haitian Migrants into U.S.

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines is demanding answers from Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about reports that thousands of migrants in Del Rio, Texas, were released into the interior of the U.S. instead of facing removal as the Administration had previously pledged.

“While we applaud the Administration’s original stated intent to expel the majority of migrants under the CDC’s Title 42 order or to expeditiously remove them, we are concerned that DHS did not actually carry out this plan, deployed resources in a manner that weakened border security, and undermined the deterrent effect of any future statements that the Biden Administration will enforce our immigration laws at the border,” Daines writes.

“DHS has openly admitted that the rapid influx of Haitian migrants into the interior was orchestrated by smuggling organizations, which only makes some aspects of the agency’s response more puzzling. … The Administration’s response to the ongoing border crisis only makes it more likely that we will continue to experience surges like the one in Del Rio,” the letter continues.

Read the full letter HERE.

In March, Daines demanded answers from the Biden administration following reports of plans to transport illegal aliens apprehended at the southern border to northern border states, like Montana, for processing and urged them to stop and not proceed with any action of this sort.

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