Bennie Thompson Wants to Hear from Homeland Security Secretary
Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, on Friday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her to come testify before his Committee for its first hearing of the year to discuss the administration’s border security agenda. “Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet another example of the misinformation and outright lies the Trump Administration has used to make the case for the President’s boondoggle border wall, defend the government shutdown, and distract the American people from a border policy so flawed that children have died in Department of Homeland Security custody,” Thompson wrote. “Squandering American taxpayer money on a wall may satisfy a segment of the President’s political supporters, but it will not solve the real border security challenges facing our Nation.” He also asked Nielsen to send documents and other communications related to the ongoing or planned construction of a border wall; records related to metering individuals at land ports of entry; any information related to the deaths of two Honduran children, Jakelin Caal Maquin and Felipe Alonzo-Gómez, in U.S. custody, and more. Thompson also noted that Nielsen has only appeared before the Committee once during her time as Secretary. The summons comes as Mexico's top diplomat, Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, is asking the U.S. government to investigate clashes at the Tijuana-San Diego border and the use of tear gas by border officials in November. Read Thompson's full letter here.