Rep. James Comer (R-KY) recently invited four Chief Patrol Agents of four U.S. Border Patrol sectors to testify about the southern border crisis in a hearing scheduled for February 7th. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas refused to let the four speak.
As a result, Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL-28) wrote a letter to Sec. Mayorkas demanding he allow the four to testify.
"The crisis at our border is a direct result of the Biden Administration’s failed open-border policies. I urge @SecMayorkas to allow Chief Patrol Agents and law enforcement officers the right to share their experiences with the American people," stated Rep. Gimenez.
🚨The crisis at our border is a direct result of the Biden Administration’s failed open-border policies.
I urge @SecMayorkas to allow Chief Patrol Agents and law enforcement officers the right to share their experiences with the American people. https://t.co/Jd8TUbUHEP
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) January 30, 2023
In his letter, Rep. Gimenez states that "over 5 million people have crossed the border, including several dozen on the Terrorist Watch List." As such, this "endangers American citizens and migrants alike."
Moreover, this is precisely why Gimenez says people should be "horrified" at Mayorkas' refusal to allow Chief Patrol Agents Gloria Chavez, Patricia McGurk-Daniel, Jason Owens, and Gregory Bovino to speak. They should have "the right to testify at a Congressional hearing about how U.S. Border Patrol agents are managing the crisis and the impact of the crisis on their mission to secure the border," he adds.
"The American people deserve to hear directly from them on the protocols in place, processes, and the actual day-to-day enforcement priorities from those on the ground, protecting our country," Gimenez concludes.
This is not the first time Gimenez is critical of Mayorkas, saying in December that he is merely " doing exactly what the Biden administration wants him to do," including not deporting migrants with criminal records, instead claiming that people are "incentivized" to illegally cross the border. "They actually want this to happen, they've incentivized people to come, and they're coming," Gimenez says in a September video.
It is no surprise, then, that Gimenez has also called for Mayorkas' resignation outright.