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Press Release Published: Nov 21, 2022

Comer: Biden Administration Officials Will be Held Accountable for the Worst Border Crisis in U.S. History

Sent letters to DHS, HHS, DEA, and ONDCP renewing requests for all documents and communications related to the border and fentanyl crises

WASHINGTON – Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) sent letters to senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) renewing requests for information about the Biden Administration’s policies that have fueled the ongoing border and fentanyl crises and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars. Ranking Member Comer previously sent similar requests, but the Biden Administration in many cases failed to provide the requested information.  

“President Biden’s radical open borders agenda has ignited the worst border crisis in American history. This administration’s reckless policies are fueling human smuggling, stimulating drug cartel operations, enabling deadly drugs such as fentanyl to flow into American communities, and encouraging illegal immigrants to flout U.S. immigration laws. Not only has the Biden Administration failed to secure the border, but it is also diverting critical taxpayer dollars intended for public health to pay for its self-inflicted crisis,” said Ranking Member James Comer. “Oversight Republicans will be relentless in our pursuit to hold Biden Administration officials accountable for this ongoing humanitarian, national security, and public health crisis. The Biden Administration must cooperate with congressional oversight in order to provide the American people with transparency and accountability.”

Background: Ranking Member Comer and Oversight Committee Republicans have been actively investigating President Biden’s disastrous policies at the southern border. Committee Republicans have sent 30 letters conducting oversight of the border crisis and its effects on American communities. This Congress, Committee Republicans called on Democrats several times to hold hearings on the border crisis and sought information on the Biden Administration’s plan to address it. In addition, Committee Republicans have spearheaded two trips to the southern border and saw firsthand the human cost and deadly methods used by cartels to exploit the crisis. For more on Oversight Republicans’ efforts, click here.

Read the letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas here.

Read the letter to HHS Secretary Becerra here.

Read the letter to DEA Administrator Milgram here.

Read the letter to ONDCP Director Gupta here.