House subpoenas Mayorkas for information on unlawful immigrants accused of rape, murder

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan issued a subpoena Friday to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding he flip over the case information of greater than a dozen immigrants Congress is investigating.

Among them are rape and homicide suspects, together with the unlawful immigrant accused of two rapes on a jogging path in Silver Spring, Maryland, and others accused of participating in killing an adolescent in Frederick County, Maryland.

Many of the 14 information embrace unlawful immigrants caught and launched on the border, which works to the guts of the migrant surge.

Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican, stated his panel has repeatedly prodded the division for the paperwork the previous seven months however has met with resistance. Only two partial summaries have been turned over to Congress.

The chairman stated he was compelled to show to the subpoena.

“Your response without compulsory process has, to date, been woefully inadequate,” he wrote in a letter to Mr. Mayorkas asserting the subpoena.

He gave Mr. Mayorkas till Jan. 8 to provide the information.

The subpoena is an escalation in a tug-of-war between Congress and the Biden administration, significantly Homeland Security, over entry to info.

Mr. Jordan stated his committee is probing the nexus between lax immigration enforcement and violent crime, and seeing the information might give lawmakers a greater sense for a way migrants who commit severe offenses ended up within the U.S. within the first place.

The paperwork Mr. Jordan seeks are often called A-Files, or Alien Files, which comprise the immigration historical past of an individual, together with any border encounters, additional spats within the inside, previous deportations and immigration court docket proceedings.

Homeland Security stated requests for A-Files are time-consuming because the paperwork can span 1000’s of pages. That’s why the division presents summaries as a substitute.

The division stated it has strained to transient Congress and supply formal witnesses for hearings as a present of its willingness to work with lawmakers on info. That contains responding to greater than 1,400 congressional letters because the begin of the Biden administration in 2021.

“DHS has worked hard to accommodate the committee’s request, including providing briefings and responsive materials. The department also communicated to the committee that we will provide additional files as they become available. Instead of working with us, they have escalated to a subpoena, yet again,” stated Naree Ketudat, a DHS spokeswoman.

One of the circumstances Mr. Jordan is digging into includes Hermanio Joseph, a Haitian unlawful immigrant caught and launched on the border who authorities say was driving on an invalid license when he veered his car into oncoming visitors, crashing right into a bus carrying college students. One was killed and dozens had been injured.

Another is Jose Roberto Hernandez-Espinal, accused of raping a 15-year-old woman and a lady in two incidents on a path in Silver Spring’s Burnt Mills East Special Park. He is from El Salvador and entered the U.S. in 2013.

Other circumstances alerting Mr. Jordan contain unlawful immigrants who entered the U.S. as Unaccompanied Alien Children and now stand accused of slaying a 15-year-old pupil in Frederick County. Public studies have linked a few of these migrants to MS-13, the violent road gang comprised primarily of immigrants from Central America.