The group of senators says it is requesting information about the cities that provide safe havens for illegal immigrants after DHS Catch and Release.
As illegal border crossings reach unprecedented levels, US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) joined colleagues in asking the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for detailed information on the effect of safe havens on attracting illegal immigrants.
Hyde-SMith is a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee and signed a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asking for data on which cities illegal immigrants list as their “current address.” By law, illegal immigrants who are allowed into the country must provide an address in order to be contacted regarding immigration procedures.
The letter read:
“We are concerned that the Biden administration’s border crisis will be exacerbated by states and communities adopting or maintaining protective measures. To better understand the impact of sanctuary policies on illegal immigration, we request additional information on where illegal immigrants go once they receive a Notification of Arrival (NTA).
We are deeply concerned that safe havens serve as a magnet for illegal immigrants and criminal aliens. This failure to comply with federal laws creates an incentive for illegal immigrants to travel to the United States and evade accountability by moving to safe havens.”
Those asking about the data argue that shelter cities threaten public safety by preventing law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration officials.
The request also asked for information on the number of times each city or municipality was listed as the “current address” for an illegal immigrant who was issued an NTA in fiscal years 2021 and 2022, as well as DHS’s efforts to ensure that illegal Immigrants who do so actually travel to the address listed on their NTA.
A report by the DHS Office of Inspector General showed that between March and June 2021, the Custom and Border Patrol (CPB) failed to record addresses of illegal immigrants 35 percent of the time. The senators also asked about the current rate at which CBP records addresses.
U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.) chaired the letter, which was also signed by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Ted Cruz became (R-Texas).
Read the following letter:
092022 DHS NTA Sanctuary City Letter by yallpolitics on Scribd