– Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ranking Members of
the Senate Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship,
and Border Safety, are urging their Democrat counterparts to schedule hearings
about the ongoing crisis on the southern border.
senators today wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and
Subcommittee Chairman Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) requesting an open hearing on the
circumstances at the border, to include testimony from Homeland Security
Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and component agency officials charged with
managing the crisis.
and Cornyn, as previous chairmen in recent years, convened
related to oversight of DHS, its component agencies and immigration programs, including unaccompanied minors.
text of the letter from Grassley and Cornyn follows or can be found HERE
April 1, 2021
Honorable Dick Durbin
States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Honorable Alex Padilla
on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety
Dear Chairman Durbin and Chairman Padilla:
write today to request a hearing of the full committee or the immigration
subcommittee related to the ongoing crisis at the southern border.
we may not agree on the causes of or the solutions to this crisis, we believe
it is vitally important for the Senate Judiciary Committee to exercise its
oversight authority and seek testimony from Secretary Mayorkas and relevant
officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Health and Human Services
regarding the situation at the border and the Biden Administration’s response
to it. Our recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the southern border
only served to reaffirm our view that the situation has gotten exponentially
worse in the last three months, becoming a crisis, and that the Judiciary
Committee should hold hearings on this topic.
chairmen of the Judiciary Committee and the Border Security and Immigration
Subcommittee during the Trump Administration, we held at least 15 hearings
related to oversight of DHS, its component agencies, and various aspects of
immigration policy. That included several hearings on topics of intense
interest to Democratic committee members, including oversight of immigration
enforcement and family reunification efforts (July 31, 2018) and oversight of
the Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA program (October 3, 2017).
These were in addition to hearings related to oversight of DHS, oversight of
CBP, immigration courts, UAC, the EB-5 program, student visas, and border
hope that you will consider granting our request and hold hearings on the
border crisis during the next work period. We look forward to working with both
of you on bipartisan solutions to secure our border, address this current
crisis and plan for future surges, and better protect the health and safety of
local communities, law enforcement officers, and migrants.