House GOP demand data from Biden admin, want border jumpers to face charges

House GOP members request data from the Biden administration regarding illegal immigrants

Updated: November 21, 2022 - 8:22pm

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House Republicans on Monday demanded data from the Biden administration regarding the number of border jumpers who are being prosecuted as illegal immigrants. 

In a letter addressed to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland, 14 House Republicans sent a letter requesting specific data points from the administration, including how many aliens DHS has referred to DOJ for prosecution. 

"Since January 2021, more than 1.8 million aliens entered the United States illegally, were apprehended by Border Patrol at the Southwest border, and processed under Title 8," the letter read. "Given the Biden Administration's open borders policies and consistent lack of enforcement of immigration laws, we request that you provide us information regarding your respective Departments' efforts to prosecute aliens entering the country illegally."

The Washington Times reports that a surge in illegal immigration is predicted in the coming weeks and it may result in Republicans using the criminal justice system to fight back. 

The letter also states that many charges brought against illegal aliens were dismissed and the GOP wants an explanation for why they were dismissed. 

"The Biden administration should be enforcing the immigration laws on our books instead of giving a free pass to those unlawfully entering our country," said Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona. "Not enforcing our immigration laws is one of the many reasons that we are experiencing a historic border crisis." 

Others who signed the letter include Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Mary Miller (R-Ill.), and Matt Rosendale (R-Mt.). 

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