'Failure to Comply': Jim Jordan Accuses Mayorkas of Hiding Records of Alleged Criminal Illegal Immigrants

FIRST OF FOX: The House Judiciary Committee is pressuring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for documents relating to a large number of illegal immigrants accused of serious crimes in the United States – blaming the Secretary of Homeland Security , Alejandro Mayorkas, of an “unacceptable” failure to comply with the requests.

President Jim Jordan wrote to Secretary Mayorkas to renew requests for the production of records, including A-Files and other immigration records. Some requests date back to October but have not yet been met.

“The Committee has previously written to [DHS] for various documents and information, including the production of Alien Records (A-Files) and related information on the immigration records of several suspected illegal criminal aliens,” said the lawmakers, who also include the chairs of the subcommittee Tom McClintock and Ben Cline “However, to date, DHS has not responded to the Committee's requests.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, listens as Attorney General Merrick Garland appears before a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Among those wanted is Diego Ibarra, a Venezuelan national and brother of the man accused of murdering 22-year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley. Ibarra had tattoos affiliated with Tren de Aragua, but he was released and briefly placed under Alternatives to Detention supervision. He has also been linked to other crimes, including driving under the influence and shoplifting.

Other documents include those of Daniel Hernandez Martinez, accused of assaulting strangers and two police officers in New York months after arriving in the United States.


Lawmakers also want documents on Pierre Lucard Emile, a Haitian illegal immigrant who was accused of raping a developmentally disabled person and who was released onto the streets of Boston despite being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ) filed against him. He was released in the United States with a summons after being crossed at the border in December 2022.

Others on the list include a Venezuelan man arrested in Virginia for the assault of a 14-year-old girl and released in September, an illegal immigrant accused of stabbing his neighbor and his brother, a Colombian who tested positive on the terrorism watch list and a Haitian national arrested in connection with the assault of a 15-year-old girl.

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 10. (AP/Mark Schiefelbein)

They also requested the records of a group of Venezuelans accused of attacking two New York police officers near Times Square. Jordan says the deadline for filing the application expired two months ago.

“DHS's failure to provide the Committee with the requested documents is unacceptable and prevents the Committee from fulfilling its constitutional oversight obligations,” Jordan said, warning that the committee could result in “compulsory action” if the requests are not met. not satisfied.


This is one of several requests for documents from the committee. In February, Jordan subpoenaed documents relating to an influx of migrants in Eagle Pass, Texas, in September and the removal of accordion wires.


DHS has rejected allegations that it failed to comply with Congressional requests. A DHS official says he provided more than 75 witnesses in more than 50 hearings, 20 staff members participating in transcribed interviews and more than 28,000 pages of documents in response to lawmakers' letters. He also responded to more than 1,400 congressional letters.

“These requests take an enormous amount of time,” a DHS official told Fox on Monday. “A file can contain thousands of pages and typically must be redacted for a wide range of information, including sensitive information for law enforcement that could compromise ongoing investigations, private information about junior employees of the DHS and attorney client information.”


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