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The Republican minority on the House Oversight Committee wants answers from their Democratic colleagues over allegations of misbehavior by their staff.
Homeland Security (DHS) previous banned Democratic staffers on the Oversight Committee from touring border detention facilities after exhibiting “rude” and “disruptive” behavior.
An unearthed report claims Democratic staffers participated in “coaching” migrants on how to exploit federal immigration law.
Fox News further reports:
In a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., obtained by Fox News, ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said there were at least two committee staff trips into Mexico in August — one of which required Border Patrol agents to provide a special escort back into the U.S.
“Although you have the authority to direct Committee staff to travel internationally on official committee business, you have not explained why you authorized this travel into Mexico or what you sought to learn through these trips,” Jordan wrote, adding that Republicans were not notified of the trips.
Jordan went on to accuse Democrats of seeking “to delegitimize the administration’s border security efforts and vilify the men and women who protect our border.” He said GOP members are concerned the trips “could continue to result in misleading information about the administration’s border security efforts.”
Specifically, Jordan highlighted a report that said Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, was in attendance on one trip to Tijuana on Aug. 21. Escobar, who is not on the Oversight Committee, has been a vocal advocate of left-wing policies on illegal immigration.
Members of Escobar staff reportedly went to Mexico and coached migrants awaiting entry outside the El Paso Port of Entry. Their purpose: to tell the would-be border crossers how to exploit loopholes in immigration law.
Escobar called the article fabricated and claimed it resulted in death threats for her and her staff.
The @dcexaminer has published a fabricated story resulting in death threats against me and my staff.
This hit piece is fueled by xenophobia and misinformation. But guess what, guys? These attacks won’t deter me doing my job, upholding my oath, and pushing for accountability.
— Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) July 8, 2019
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