Late last week, Representative Matt Rosendale (MT) led forty-four other Representatives who signed a letter sent to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging him to immediately rescind several of his orders which all but completely abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and weaken their ability to effectively enforce America’s immigration laws; jeopardizing national security and public safety, say the Representatives.
According to a press release from Rep. Rosendale’s office:
The memoranda in question establish numerous sanctuary spaces for illegal aliens across the nation, halt worksite enforcement to prevent illegal aliens from working illegally in the United States, and severely restrict the criteria for which aliens can be apprehended and removed.
The Representatives’ letter states that “while not directly giving in to the radical Left’s calls to abolish ICE, by halting immigration enforcement actions conducted by the agency, it is clear DHS is seeking to abolish ICE from within.”
Congressman Rosendale explains in the letter to the DHS:
With more border encounters the past year than any year on record, it’s clear we’re past the point of this being a crisis. The Biden Administration’s efforts to dismantle President Trump’s successful immigration policies has led to an outright invasion at our southern border. Representative Rosendale said. These recent actions by Secretary Mayorkas will make the situation much worse. We cannot allow this administration to continue this transparent effort to in effect abolish ICE and protect all illegal aliens from deportation–putting the safety of our communities and our national security at risk. For the sake of our nation, Secretary Mayorkas must rescind these memoranda and resign, or face impeachment.
Of the forty-four other Representatives who joined Congressman Rosendale, several also made public statements against Secretary Mayorkas’s dangerous memorandums targeting and disempowering ICE. All of the following Representatives have received at least an “A” on NumbersUSA’s Immigration-Reduction Report Cards so far this Congress.
“ Protecting this country’s border should be a top priority of the Department of Homeland Security, yet under Secretary Mayorkas, DHS is actively seeking to disarm ICE, ignore immigration law, and put Americans’ health and safety at risk. Mayorkas is abandoning his duty and must be held accountable. ” – Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas-1)
“ Biden’s Border Crisis is intentional. The record high apprehensions and record low deportations are a direct result of this administration’s open border agenda. America needs a strong ICE – our national security requires it. If Secretary Mayorkas is unwilling to uphold the oath he swore, he should be removed. ” - Congressman Brian Babin (R-Texas-36)
“ The intolerable restrictions the Biden administration has placed on our embattled ICE agents have rendered them law enforcement officers in name only and placed our border in extreme jeopardy of being totally overrun by crime. Secretary Mayorkas has informed every potential illegal immigrant, drug coyote, and human trafficker that our border is open for business, and to every American, he has shown that their security takes a backseat to Biden’s open borders agenda. The Biden Administration must take immediate steps to address these detrimental decisions that have directly led to the Biden border crisis or risk further irreversible damage to our national sovereignty and the safety of American citizens. ” – Congressman Barry Moore (R-Ala.-2)
“ Now more than ever, we need ICE to enforce the laws on the books and remove people that unlawfully entered America. This year alone, nearly 2 million illegal aliens have crossed our southern border, and the number of drug traffickers attempting to cross our border increased over 450%, the number of sex criminals crossing increased over 200%, and the number of serial border jumpers crossing increased almost 400%. Numerous terrorists have been captured at the border. America is a nation of laws, and it’s time for the Biden regime to start enforcing them. ” - Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.-3)
“ On day one, President Biden shattered the stability of our southern border, rolled out the welcome mat for illegal immigrants, and put American lives at risk. As illegal immigrants continue to pour across our southern border in record-breaking numbers, it is time for the Biden Administration to put the American people FIRST and enforce our nation’s immigration laws NOW. ” - Congressman Jody Hice (R-Ga.-10)
“ Preventing ICE agents from enforcing immigration laws already on the books only worsens the crisis at our Southern border and jeopardizes our national security. ” - Congressman Bill Posey (R-Fla.-8)
You can read the full letter here.
Updated: Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 @ 6:35pm EST