In a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Governor Bill Lee (R-TN) and Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA) called for a hearing into the ongoing crisis at the country’s southern border.
Both governors urged the hearing largely due to reports of the Biden administration relocating unaccompanied migrant children to the states. In Tennessee, multiple planes carrying unaccompanied minors landed in Chattanooga under the cover of darkness. Similarly, Gov. Reynolds has received no answers from the Biden administration after migrants were flown from California to Iowa.
“These experiences sow seeds of mistrust in our communities, and work to intentionally subvert the will of the people for a secure border and a clear, lawful immigration process. Additionally, the lack of transparency places an undue burden on our law enforcement partners to determine whether these types of flights constitute a criminal act of human trafficking or the federally-sponsored transport of vulnerable children,” the governors wrote in their letter to Senator Chuck Grassley urging the hearing.
Since President Joe Biden took office, the U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in illegal immigration at its Southern border. Many experts point to President Biden’s policy decisions as the reason for the influx. This month, Biden officially ended the “Remain in Mexico” policy enacted under President Donald Trump.
Both of Tennessee’s Senators support Governor Lee’s call to action.
Senator Blackburn said, “The Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately hold an oversight hearing on the crisis at our southern border. I applaud Governor Lee for his efforts to protect our state and the people who are being trafficked by the Mexican cartels.”
“Mayors, sheriffs, and governors are on the front lines of combatting increased human trafficking and drug smuggling, as well as addressing strains on public resources. I applaud Governors Lee and Reynolds for continuing to draw attention to these matters, asking questions, and urging Congress to perform its proper oversight function,” Senator Hagerty added.
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