WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) sent letters directing the Biden Administration’s Homeland Security Officials to preserve documents related to the Administration’s disastrous failures along the U.S.-Mexico border and in its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Specifically, the letters—sent to the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, and Intelligence and Analysis Office—request all records and data about the 15,000-person Haitian caravan that arrived in Del Rio, Texas in September 2021, as well as the Administration’s failure to properly vet and screen Afghan evacuees who were brought into the United States as a result of the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Over the past two years, Democrats in Congress failed to conduct meaningful oversight or deliver accountability for the Biden Administration’s actions that are threatening the safety and security of Americans," Pfluger said. "Republicans are committed to rooting out those responsible for these failures and requiring the White House to answer for its incompetence at home and abroad."
"My letters put the Biden Administration on notice: do not destroy any documents that pertain to your failures along the southern border and in the tragic Afghanistan withdrawal," he concluded.
Read the full letters to Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Magnus, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis Under Secretary Kenneth L. Wainstein.
Pfluger spent his entire first term as a junior member of the minority party doing all he could to expose and slow what he views are bad policies and tasks orchestrated by the Biden Administration that failed to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad. In a Republican-controlled House starting in January 2023, Pfluger and the Republican caucus will have more latitude to investigate and thwart this. Preserving documents is a first step towards congressional hearings.
Back in April, Pfluger skewered Mayorkas in what Forbes Magazine said was the head of DHS's most shameful congressional hearing. In the exchange, Pfluger wanted answers about about 30 illegals apprehended in the Del Rio Sector that were rumored to be on the U.S. terrorism watch list and about the DHS plan to house 500 illegal aliens in San Angelo. Mayorkas had no answers but the plans to house migrants in his district were apparently scrapped or only rumors. Watch it here.