The House Judiciary Committee announced its plans to tell the “human story” of the border crisis during its first immigration hearing on Wednesday, which was just the start of what is expected to be a series of hearings that will scrutinize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
During the hearing, Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) cited numerous actions taken by President Joe Biden upon taking office that have contributed to the crisis at the southern border.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 1, 2023
Those who will testify at the hearing include the stepfather of a 15-year-old boy who passed away from fentanyl and a southeastern Arizona county sheriff.
The hearing has been titled “The Biden Border Crisis — Part One,” according to Breitbart News.
“You tell the people story, the human story about what’s happened now,” Jordan told the outlet.
The Judiciary Committee has decided that the tackling immigration issues — which have caused over 4 million illegal aliens to enter the U.S. during the Biden administration — begins with telling the “human story” of the crisis.
“We’ve had members talk about the implications on healthcare systems, education systems, on and on it goes in communities in their districts, which are not on the border,” Jordan said.
Jordan revealed that he had an epiphany moment in a reaction to comments from Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during the annual consultation with cabinet officials to calculate refugee admission limits in 2022.
“First thing Durbin says is — he goes first on the question portion — and he says, ‘Last weekend I was at a shelter in Chicago where I saw 150 migrants from Texas because that governor sent people up here,’ and I’m like, holy cow, now the rest of the country is seeing what Texas and Arizona have been dealing with,” the Judiciary Committee chairman said.
Breitbart News reported that the committee’s three-pronged immigration strategy begins with highlighting the impact that the border crisis has had on average Americans. The committee will then examine how the crisis is occurring and assess how to fix it.
Typically, any immigration reform legislation must past through the Judiciary Committee before being debated and voted on by the rest of the House.
“We do anticipate passing immigration enforcement legislation out of our committee,” Jordan told Breitbart News. “It needs to pass if we’re actually going to fix the problem. Now, whether the Senate can pass it and Joe Biden would ever sign it, that’s a different story.”
Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL), a new member of the Judiciary Committee this year, has expressed his hope that the first hearing exposes the “humanitarian crisis” that is occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I’ve always believed a closed border is a compassionate border,” Moore told Breitbart News. “We’ve lost nearly 1,000 people crossing that border. We’ve had people left in vans. We’ve had people drown, and so it’s to bring attention to what we believe is a humanitarian crisis.”
Many Judiciary Committee Republicans have also been eager to hold DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas accountable for the border crisis that has occurred under his watch, expressing their desire to impeach him. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) announced earlier this week that he plans to introduce Articles of Impeachment against Mayorkas following Wednesday’s hearing.