EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are sounding the alarm to the Biden administration about an impending health crisis at the southern border -- warning that "reckless" policies and rhetoric from President Biden are fueling it.
"The Biden administration’s policies limiting immigration enforcement and weakening border security, coupled with its proposal to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, are signaling to the world that our immigration laws can be violated with little, if any, consequence," Ranking Member James Comer and 18 Oversight Committee members wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
"We are particularly concerned that the Biden administration’s actions could soon lead to a health crisis at the border, and surrounding communities, causing widespread COVID-19 infections and fatalities," they say.
Since taking office, Biden has stopped the construction of the wall at the southern border, moved to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) that keep migrants in Mexico and attempted to impose a 100-day pause on deportations -- although this has been blocked in response to a lawsuit. He also signed an order revoking then-President Trump’s order ending the so-called "catch and release" policy.
The lawmakers note that a November court injunction prevented Title 42 expulsions -- by which illegal immigrants caught at the border can be swiftly returned for public health reasons -- from being applied to unaccompanied children, and the Biden administration subsequently carved out an exception for UACs.
The Republicans also point to the bill unveiled by Biden and congressional Democrats this week that would grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants and roll back asylum restrictions.