Officials within the Biden administration have reportedly finally caved to the new Republican-controlled Congress and will let the lead Border Patrol chiefs finally testify in a hearing this coming week.
The agents are currently expected to show up for a House Committee on Oversight and Accountability hearing titled, “On The Front Lines of the Border Crisis: A Hearing with Chief Patrol Agents,” at which they will talk about the various details concerning just what is taking place along the U.S. southern border.
House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-KY) issued thanks to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas via a letter earlier this week for letting the agents come to the hearing to testify, which has been seen as a move that was not at all optional because Comer was prepared to make use of subpoenas to compel their testimonies.
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initially sought to prevent Congress from hearing invaluable testimony from Chief Patrol Agents, believing that DHS’s internal protocols superseded Congressional oversight prerogatives,” stated Comer. “I am pleased that the DHS is no longer taking such a position, and will make available as witnesses Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez, Rio Grande Valley Sector and Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin, Tucson Sector.”
“These two law enforcement professionals also serve as Lead Field Coordinators for the border regions that collectively include Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California,” continued Comer. “I look forward to their attendance at the February 7, 2023 hearing.”
As part of a release concerning the issue, Comer called out officials within the Biden administration for their odd policies regarding the border and issued a promise to ensure that those responsible were held directly accountable for their actions.
“The Biden Administration’s radical open borders policies have ignited the worst border crisis in American history. Starting on day one in office, President Biden and his administration rolled back deterrent-focused policies, halted the construction of the border wall, gutted interior enforcement, pushed amnesty for illegal immigrants – all of which have made it difficult for U.S. Border Patrol agents to secure the border,” expressed Comer at the time to conclude. “Next week, we will hear firsthand from the Border Patrol about this humanitarian and national security crisis. Oversight Republicans are committed to holding the Biden Administration accountable for its dereliction of duty and look forward to hearing testimony from those on the ground battling this crisis.”