WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Rick Scott and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led 36 of their colleagues in sending a follow up letter to the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reiterate their call for a comprehensive review of the decisions by the Biden administration that have led to the worst border crisis in United States history.
This is a follow up to their initial letter request in January. Since then, the border crisis has only worsened, which the lawmakers note in their letter by writing, “Since our letter was sent, the situation at the border has only become worse. In April 2022, DHS reported 234,088 apprehensions at the southern border, which is the highest number recorded for a single month in over twenty years.”
Senator Rick Scott said, “The Biden administration’s failures and egregious mismanagement of the U.S. southern border have created an unprecedented humanitarian and national security crisis for our nation. Joe Biden is laying out a welcome mat for human traffickers and savage cartels bringing drugs and crime to our communities, and blatantly ignoring U.S. laws and policies that are designed to keep America safe. For over a year, I have demanded real action to secure the border, and back in January, I urged the Biden administration to investigate the cause of its border failures. We must get to the bottom of this and ensure accountability for this man-made crisis. We won’t stop fighting until the border is secure and the American people get the answers they deserve.”
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said, “Right now, the largest migrant caravan is heading toward our southern border as a direct result of the failed, open-border policies of Joe Biden. Since he took office, paused deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, and halted construction of the border wall, we have witnessed over 2.6 million illegal immigrants who have been emboldened by these policies apprehended at our border. Illegal immigration is fueling the flow of illegal drugs into our communities and human trafficking across our border, making all our communities less safe. It is time for Americans to know why this crisis is continuing, and I am proud to lead the push for answers. I will not allow this administration to get away with their failed policies.”
Stefanik and Scott both led the Upholding the Law at Our Border Act in the House and Senate respectively.
Read the full letter HERE or below.
June 9, 2022
The Honorable Joseph V. Cuffari
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, D.C. 20528
Dear Dr. Cuffari:
Thank you for your March 17, 2022, response to our January 20, 2022, letter requesting a comprehensive investigation into the worst border crisis in United States’ history. We write to reiterate our request for an investigation and that you provide details on what you have learned from your audits and investigation so far. As you know, this was a bicameral request signed by 107 Members of Congress, which is the largest cohort of Members to make a request of you this Congress.
As our letter stated, there is recent precedent for your office taking up a comprehensive investigation based on a request from several Members of Congress in the minority party. In January 2017, 41 Members of Congress in the minority party requested the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct Executive Order #13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” On January 18, 2018, your office issued a 113-page report in which you obtained email correspondence and documents from the DHS headquarters, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis to conduct your investigation. In addition, your report stated that you interviewed over 160 individuals and reviewed over 48,000 documents before coming to a conclusion.
As the Department’s Inspector General, you have the unique position to help improve the crisis at our southern border. We entrust you and your office to provide “independent oversight and promote excellence, integrity, and accountability within DHS.” In doing so, the OIG is tasked with investigating allegations relating to fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, and both criminal and non-criminal violations of laws negatively impacting DHS’ mission. In our original letter, we provided ample evidence of mismanagement at the highest levels of the department, including statutes routinely ignored in favor of ambiguous policy directives. Specifically, our letter stated:
Multiple sources have confirmed to Congress that the Biden administration was warned by career professionals that the rapid implementation of several border and immigration policies would lead to a predictable surge at the border. Our concern is that the Biden administration proceeded to implement these policies despite the harm they would cause to our border and immigration system. Moreover, the Biden administration did not take adequate steps to prepare for the resulting surge and as a result, a humanitarian crisis has developed.
Further, in your office’s strategic plan, you state that you will focus on oversight of high-risk and mission-critical areas and emerging threats, while responding to Congressional mandates and requests. America is facing the worst border crisis in our history, and Congress has directly asked for your assistance and expertise.
Therefore, we once again request a comprehensive investigation of the crisis on our southern border. Since our letter was sent, the situation at the border has only become worse. In April 2022, DHS reported 234,088 apprehensions at the southern border, which is the highest number recorded for a single month in over twenty years. Members of Congress and the American people look forward to your comprehensive investigation into what has caused this crisis in order to prevent it from ever happening again.
We appreciate your attention to this serious matter, and we look forward to hearing from you.
House and Senate Republicans, Bicameral Letter to DHS IG On Border Crisis, SCRIBD (Jan. 20, 2022), https://www.scribd.com/document/554070569/1-20-Bicameral-Letter-to-DHS-IG-on-Border-Crisis#download&from_embed
 Office of Inspector General, DHS OIG Completes Its Review of Implementation of the Travel Ban;
Awaits Decision by DHS Regarding Whether It Will Invoke Privilege, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Nov. 21, 2017), https://www.oig.dhs.gov/file/4709/download?token=CmNUBWU_
 Office of Inspector General, DHS Implementation of Executive Order #13769 "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Jan. 27, 2017), https://www.oig.dhs.gov/reports/2018/dhs-implementation-executive-order-13769-protecting-nation-foreign-terrorist-entry
 Id. at 1.
 Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Jul. 2021), https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/Strategic-Plan-2022-2026.pdf
 US Custom and Border Protection, CBP Releases March 2022 Monthly Operational Update, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (April 18, 2022) https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-releases-march-2022-monthly-operational-update