House Republicans are planning to grill Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas later this week as he is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee for the first time this upcoming Thursday.
The hearing will take place amidst a firestorm regarding the Biden administration’s choice to eliminate a pandemic measure that was intended to prevent asylum-seekers from entering the United States.
Republicans have made it very clear that they intend to make immigration and border security the cornerstone of their midterm campaign. On Thursday, Republican representatives are looking to see Mayorkas personally address the difficult immigration issues that have been fueling their midterm campaign messaging.
A confidential guidance memo, totaling 60-pages, from GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a ranking member on the committee, was leaked to The New York Times. That memo suggests that Republicans are looking to accuse Mayorkas of encouraging illegal immigration by supporting “far-left policies.”
Some of the things emphasized in the memo recall concerns that were regularly made by former President Donald Trump, like linking migrants to sex offenses and issuing warnings that they could potentially be criminals.
Evidence offered points to arrests made at the border and of those brought to the United States from Afghanistan.
The heading comes just as the Biden administration is facing serious bipartisan pushback on its plans to drop the pandemic-era Title 42 border protocol that authorized border agents to reject migrants without letting them seek asylum.
The Title 42 protocol is set to be lifted at the conclusion of May, which the Department of Homeland Security predicts may overwhelm its system with as many as 18,000 migrant encounters each day at the southern border. That figure represents a number up from about 7,100 per day in March.
The predicted increase has caused several Democratic lawmakers to warn against putting an end to the policy at too early of a date.