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GOP officials investigate DHS secretary on release of illegal immigrants to US


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FIRST ON FOX: Two Republican congressmen co-lead a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the publishing department reports illegal immigrants in the USA

Republican Representatives Andy Harris of Maryland and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee asked Mayorkas in a Monday letter along with 17 of their colleagues about the thousands of illegal immigrants the department has released into the United States.

“These alarming reports have rightly raised concerns among my constituents in Maryland. They know these illegal immigrants will put a strain on their communities,” Harris told Fox News Digital in a statement Monday. “They deserve a full account of the number of illegal aliens released into their neighborhoods.”

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Representative Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland, speaks during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S., Monday, August 23, 2021.
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“We all deserve to know the costs associated with transporting them across the country at taxpayer expense,” Harris continued.

Fleischmann told Fox News Digital that since “taking office last year, President Biden and congressional Democrats have done everything they can to undermine southern border security and import thousands of migrants into our country and in my home state of Tennessee.

“There is no doubt that illegal aliens released into the United States will disappear in communities nationwide and create stress on our economy, local law enforcement and drain taxpayer-funded services – often at the detriment of minority Americans,” Fleischmann said. “Our goal must be to restore border security and ensure that all public services are only for legal Americans.”

GOP officials investigate DHS secretary on release of illegal immigrants to US

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., is seen during a House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for the fiscal year 2019 in the Rayburn Building July 19, 2018. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers told Mayorkas in the letter obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital that a growing number of people they represent have “contacted our offices with concern and outrage over recent reports of aliens being transported and released, at the expense of of the taxpayer, inside the United States under cover of darkness.”

“In light of these reports, we urgently request that you provide our offices with a report, broken down by congressional district, detailing the number of migrants who entered the country illegally who were released to the United States, the cost for the federal government transporting these migrants prior to their release, and what security and health screening protocols were in place associated with such release,” the letter read.

Lawmakers also stressed that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, “now is definitely not the time to flood our local communities with migrants who have crossed the border illegally.”

GOP officials investigate DHS secretary on release of illegal immigrants to US

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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“Furthermore, at a time when our fragile economy is recovering and Americans are grappling with the effects of record high inflation, the influx of illegal labor into our local communities poses the very real threat of cutting wages for local American workers,” they said. wrote. “Nevertheless, it appears that your department intends to pursue policies that will only exacerbate these problems.”

The letter comes after DHS revealed the number of migrants it released inside without notice to register with a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.

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Seventeen of the congressman’s colleagues signed the letter to Mayorkas, including GOP Representatives Ashley Hinson of Iowa and John Carter of Texas.

DHS did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw contributed reporting.

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