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 ThompsonSchiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE (D-Miss.) and ranking member Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersLawmakers, security experts call for beefing up cybersecurity Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure The Memo: Generals' testimony on Afghanistan hurts Biden's credibility MORE (R-Ala.) urged Acting Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Biden, Trump battle over who's to blame for Afghanistan The border is shifting from a manufactured crisis to a national embarrassment 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 NielsenFar-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work Ex-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides 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."