House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena

House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena
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The top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee are deriding as “unacceptable” a failure from the secretary of Homeland Security to respond to a subpoena from the panel for last week.

In a letter Wednesday, Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief House Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC Democrats sound election security alarm after Russia's Burisma hack MORE (D-Miss.) and ranking member Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersHillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets 5G group beefs up lobby team House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena MORE (R-Ala.) urged Acting Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfTrump administration installs plaque marking finish of 100 miles of border wall Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Acting DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections MORE to comply with their request, after blowing through an original Dec. 11 deadline for materials related to border security.

"Today, nearly a year after materials were initially requested from then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report MORE and a week after the deadline for production pursuant to the subpoena, the Committee has yet to receive any documents. This is unacceptable," wrote Thompson and Rogers.

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The documents in question relate to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) role in enforcing border security and immigration laws.

"You are required to produce the responsive documents, which are essential to the Committee’s oversight of the Department’s border security activities, including the treatment of children in custody, the separation of families, and metering of individuals at ports of entry," wrote Thompson and Rogers.

DHS representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The subpoena was issued by the committee on Nov. 20 and approved in a bipartisan voice vote.

In his letter from the time issuing the subpoena, Thompson noted DHS "has not been responsive to our requests for documents related to the handling of children, families and others who were apprehended at the southwest border by U.S. Border Patrol or who had sought to access a port of entry maintained by [Customs and Border Protection] Office of Field Operations to make asylum claims."