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Hudson, Bishop, & NC Delegation Demand Answers on Border Crisis from DHS Secretary

March 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) and U.S. Representative Dan Bishop (NC-09), along with every Republican Member of the North Carolina Delegation, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers regarding the Biden Administration's new immigration policies, and specifically why COVID-19 positive migrants are being bused into the state of North Carolina.

"The Biden border crisis is threatening the health of every North Carolinian. I am disappointed Governor Cooper has failed to act. Now, Congressman Bishop and I are demanding answers from the Biden administration," Rep. Richard Hudson said.

"What's happening at our southern border is a crisis of the Biden Administration's own making, with their decision to rollback President Trump's border security measures and welcome illegal immigrants with open arms. But now this crisis has extended its way to our communities in North Carolina. DHS Secretary Mayorkas owes the people of our state answers," Rep. Dan Bishop said.

The Biden Administration ended security measures put in place by former President Trump, including:

  • Halting the Migrant Protection Protocols program,
  • Suspending border wall system construction,
  • Weakening immigration enforcement, and
  • Implementing "catch and release" policies at the border.

Since then, the border has seen a drastic surge of migrants without regard to potential COVID risks. In early March, it was confirmed that migrants infected with COVID had been released in Brownsville, TX and boarded buses into the interior of our country due to the Biden Administration's "catch and release" policies.

To see the letter, click here.

Additional Background

On March 3, it was reported that 108 illegal immigrants released by U.S. Border Patrol had tested positive for COVID-19 and would travel to several other states, including North Carolina.

Rep. Richard Hudson sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC) urging the governor take action to stop these individuals, get them health care they may need, and stand up for the rule of law and safety of our citizens.

Read coverage of this letter here.