Hawley Grills Mayorkas on Failure to Fully Vet Afghan Refugees, Biden Border Crisis

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Hawley also questioned Mayorkas on Biden’s proposed $450K payments to illegal immigrations and VP Harris’s failure as border czar

Today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over DHS’s failure to fully vet thousands of Afghan refugees following President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Secretary Mayorkas told Senator Hawley DHS is not conducting in-person interviews for all refugees and could not answer what percentage of refugees received an in-person interview.

Senator Hawley said, “The fact that you are not conducting the most standard interviews for tens of thousands of people brought to this country is astounding to me and it seems to me you have not learned the most basic lessons that we learned on 9/11, since then, and the security risk is unbelievable.”

In a second round of questioning, Senator Hawley questioned Secretary Mayorkas on Biden’s planned $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants and Vice President Kamala Harris’s failures in her role as the administration’s border czar.