NEW ONESYou can now listen to UKTN News articles!
House Democrats on Wednesday rejected the need for an investigation into the health and safety of the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the US southwestern border each month.
Republicans called for an investigative resolution asking the Biden administration for a wide range of information about these children, in response to the rising number of unaccompanied children found at the border under President Biden.
More than 146,000 were spotted by border officials in fiscal 2021 and 140,000 have been found this year, more than four times more than the 33,000 in fiscal 2020.
But Democrats rejected the resolution, saying it isn’t necessary because the Department of Homeland Security has reported information about unaccompanied children and adults crossing the border.
BIDEN ASKS ABOUT MIGRANT FLOW, SAYS ‘NOT RATIONAL’ TO ‘SEND THEM BACK’ TO VENEZUELA, CUBA, NICARAGUA
“This resolution is completely unnecessary. The minority has had no problem getting briefings or information on this matter,” said Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, DN.Y.
Republicans rejected that view, accusing Democrats of trying to protect President Biden from liability at the border. Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky., said Democrats were only interested in child safety when Donald Trump was president.
BORDER PATROL AGENTS TAKE A DOZEN ON TERROR WATCHLIST AT SOUTHERN BORDER IN AUGUST
“During the Trump administration, committee Democrats held multiple hearings attacking the government for overcrowding conditions caused by unaccompanied children crossing the southwestern border,” Massie said. “But since President Biden took office, the same Democrats have been silent about the much worse conditions and the Biden administration’s lack of concern about the placement of these children with sponsors in the US.”
Rep. Dan Bishop, RN.C., accused the Biden administration of an “institutional lack of candor.”
BIDEN SAYS REPUBLICANS ‘PLAY POLITICS’ AFTER TRANSPORTING MIGRANTS TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD, VP’S HOME
“The administration has not been candid about the conditions around the border in general and certainly not about the handling of UACs [unaccompanied alien children]Bishop said. “They have flown across the country in the middle of the night, there have been all kinds of irregular and housing decisions that have been discovered by the media from time to time. But Congress can learn nothing from it. We have had a hard time since the beginning of the Biden administration to quantify information. There have been delays in reports published regularly by DHS.”
CLICK HERE TO GET THE UKTN NEWS APP
The Republican resolution asked the Biden administration to review all documents related to the health and wellbeing of unaccompanied minors, including the rate of COVID infections, all current policies regarding the placement of these children with a sponsor, the number of posted to sponsors who failed a background check, the number not posted to sponsors, and any information about child abuse.
Investigative resolutions are privileged and must be considered by the House committees. But because Democrats opposed the resolution on unaccompanied minors, they voted it out of the House Judiciary Committee with an “unfavorable report,” showing they oppose it.