“The true purpose of a Law Enforcement Sensitive label is to prevent harm from coming to our law enforcement officers and law enforcement-related activities, but it seems that this label is instead being used to protect the reputation of the current political administration,” 担当者. ジョン・カトコ, R-NY, Clay Higgins, R-La。, and August Pfluger, R-テキサス, 前記 in a letter to Mayorkas, FoxNewsが入手.
The Republicans have been pushing for months for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reveal how many migrants were apprehended at the southern border and whose names are present on the TSDB
The database contains 情報 about the identities of those who are “known or reasonably suspected” of being involved in terrorist activities. The lawmakers said they received the number of migrants identified on the TSDB at a classified briefing and now want that number released to the public.
3月, フォックスニュースが報じた that at least four migrants whose names match those on the terror watch list had been picked up by U.S. Border Patrol since the beginning of the fiscal year. But that number is expected to be much higher, particularly considering the enormous surge in numbers to the southern border — 以上で 1.7 million migrant encounters in FY 2021.
“このタイプのフォーラムでは入り込めないテロの脅威がありますが、それは本物です,” 彼が言った Fox News’ Bret Baier 10月中.
The Homeland Security Committee Republicans pushed DHS on the issue in August, and say they are only looking for the release of the top number of how many have been apprehended — and not more sensitive information such as identities.
“それよりも, the topline number being requested by the Committee does not in any way threaten the safety or mission of our honorable law enforcement officers. We believe that releasing this topline number would be an important step towards the transparency promised by the Biden administration which has, これまでのところ, been absent,” 彼らが言うには.
The Republicans say that DHS, in response to their request, has said only that the number is “Law Enforcement Sensitive” — a response that the lawmakers say is “blatantly sidestepping our request for transparency and failing to sufficiently respond to a legitimate oversight request from Congress.”
The letter requests the processes, procedures and protocols used to determine what information is eligible to be labeled as law enforcement sensitive. It also requests information on which official makes the final determination on what information is law enforcement sensitive, and any further information on the labeling of the restrictions placed on that topline number.
“Specifically why is that topline number considered as Law Enforcement Sensitive and why did the Biden administration reverse the previous administration’s determination that such information was indeed public information?” they ask.
“It is of the utmost importance that the American people have a complete and transparent view of the threats our homeland faces,” they write. “It is critical that political considerations not stymie transparency and accountability for DHS, including the duty to ensure that the American public is equipped with every viable resource relevant to understanding threats to our homeland security.”