Amid Border Crisis, Ernst Calls on Biden Admin to Publicly Release Immigration Plan

The Iowa senator is calling on the Secretary of Homeland Security to make public a document—which was released to the New York Times—that contains details of Biden’s plans to address the border crisis.

WASHINGTON—As the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border continues, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is calling on the Biden Administration to release their immigration policies to Congress and the American people. In a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Ernst and her colleagues call on the Secretary to make public a document that contains details of President Biden’s plans to address this crisis.
 
In the letter, Ernst and her colleagues write, “We write today to request you immediately release a document titled ‘DHS Plan to Restore Trust in Our Legal Immigration System.’ This document, which was first reported in the liberal New York Times, allegedly contains details of President Biden’s plans to use and abuse executive authority to reshape our immigration system in spite of the text of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”
 
They go on to say, “It is disturbing that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would keep this kind of information hidden from Congress and the public, yet share it with the mainstream, liberal media. These proposals have the potential to compromise the integrity of our immigration vetting system at the expense of national security and public safety. The fact this is being withheld from Congress and the American people is particularly troubling given the ongoing crisis at the southern border.”
 
To read the full letter, click here.
 
Background:
Yesterday, Ernst highlighted how the crisis at the Southern Border affects communities across the country and urged the Biden Administration to step up and take real action to secure the border.
 
Senator Ernst helped put forward the Stopping Border Surges Act, a bill to address loopholes in our immigration system which encourage vulnerable immigrant populations to take dangerous, illegal paths of entry into the United States.
 
Senator Ernst joined her colleagues in highlighting President Biden’s unlawful suspension of border wall funding and construction.
 
Senator Ernst also published an op-ed calling the situation at our border both a humanitarian crisis and national security threat and urged President Biden and his administration to acknowledge the border crisis.
 
As the lead Republican on the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Ernst highlighted the importance of defending the border against the threat of Transnational Criminal Organizations and other nefarious influencers—including Iran, Russia, and China—and called on her colleagues to work together to secure the border.
 
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