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McHenry Sends Letter to Biden Administration On Immigration Policy

The letter signed by all Republicans in NC’s House delegation addresses recent reports of COVID-19 positive illegal immigrants being released at the border and taking charter buses from Texas to North Carolina.

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) joined his North Carolina Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas expressing concerns about recent changes to border security policies. The letter addresses concerns raised by recent reports of COVID-19 positive illegal immigrants being released at the border and taking charter buses from Texas to North Carolina and how they impact North Carolina constituents and the state's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Biden Administration's recent immigration policy changes are very concerning, especially if they are putting North Carolina families at risk," said Congressman McHenry. "We need to focus on recovering from the coronavirus, which means more vaccines, getting our children back in the classroom, and reopening businesses, not opening our borders to illegal immigrants."

Read the full letter below or by clicking here:

The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas 
Secretary 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
Washington, DC 20528 

Dear Secretary Mayorkas, 

We write today to express our concerns regarding the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) recent changes to our nation's border security policies, which have put North Carolinians at risk. The recent surge of migrants can be directly attributed to the Biden Administration's recent decisions to halt the Migrant Protection Protocols program, suspend border wall system construction, weaken immigration enforcement, and implement "catch and release" at the border. These divisive policies rolled back President Trump's successful efforts to control our border. Simply put, these policies are reckless and are putting our constituents in danger. 

According to media reports, DHS recently released hundreds of illegal immigrants infected with COVID-19 into the interior of the United States. Further reporting shows that a number of these illegal immigrants were placed on chatter buses heading from Texas to North Carolina. There has been no explanation to justify releasing COVID-positive migrants into our communities.

This Administration's border security policies are creating devastating consequences that will set us back in the fight against COVID-19. Caseloads in North Carolina have fallen steadily since 
the new year, and the positivity rate recently fell to 5.8% -the lowest level since October 2020. Our state is in a strong position to get our people back to work and end lockdown policies that haim families. Unfortunately, the Administration's decision to send COVID-positive illegal immigrants into North Carolina puts our state's recovery at risk and violates President Biden's pledge to beat the virus. Our constituents deserve to be put first, not last.

Given the danger our constituents face, we demand answers to the following questions to help protect our constituents:

1. Was DHS or any other federal government entity involved in funding, planning, or otherwise facilitating the purchase of charter bus tickets from the Southern Border to North Carolina for COVID-19 positive illegal immigrants?

2. Has your office provided any officials in North Carolina with information regarding illegal immigrants who have tested positive for COVID-19 that are arriving in the state?

3. What actions are being taken by the Biden Administration to ensure illegal immigrants who have tested positive for COVID-19 are quarantined before they are released into American communities?

4. The current CDC guidance recommends COVID-19 positive individuals spend at least 14 days in quarantine. Has DHS met all quarantine regulations before releasing COVID-19 positive migrants into the interior of our nation? 

It is clear to any fair-minded observer that these negligent actions have put our constituents at risk. We urge you to put politics aside and focus on the health and well-being of the American people as President Biden promised during his campaign. Time is of the essence and we look forward to a prompt response.

Sincerely,

Dan Bishop
Member of Congress

Richard Hudson
Member of Congress

Virginia Foxx
Member of Congress

Patrick McHenry
Member of Congress

David Rouzer
Member of Congress

Ted Budd
Member of Congress

Greg Murphy
Member of Congress

Madison Cawthorn
Member of Congress