The House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Accountability Chairman Dan Bishop revealed exclusively to the Daily Caller News Foundation that Republicans will use a congressional hearing to examine the issue of migrants crossing the northern border illegally to the U.S.
Two panels of witnesses will testify before the committee Tuesday. They include Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York and Republican Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania. Democratic Rep. Pete Stauber of Minnesota. National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd. Center for Immigration Studies Resident Fellow Andrew Arthur. Future Borders Coalition Executive Director Dr. Laura Dawson. Robert Quinn, New Hampshire Department of Safety Commissioner. As illegal migrants continue to flood the U.S. northern border, the hearing is necessary.
Border Patrol agents in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire recently reported an 846 percent increase in arrests in the Swanton sector.
Bishop stated that the issue “is one that probably escapes many people’s attention because of how much attention goes to the southwest border.” Bishop stated to the DCNF that while we want Americans to be aware of the issue, “I think it’s important for those who aren’t in the know that we want American citizens to be aware of the fact that we’re seeing historic levels illegal immigration at our northern border.”
Bishop hopes to also raise the issue about Canada’s lax travel restrictions that allow Mexican nationals visa-free travel to Canada. According to statistics from the agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recorded more than 3600 encounters with Mexican migrants between October 2022 and Feb 2023. This is higher than the total number of encounters during fiscal year 2022.
“There are certain aspects that raise eyebrows. It is notable that the largest number of Mexican citizens are present. They would not be allowed to cross the border illegally like the many others crossing the border to the southwest. Bishop stated that Canada is basically a visa waiver.”
Bishop expressed an interest in learning more about the operations of the cartel in Canada and how they affect the influx illegal immigrants and drug users.
“The cartels are building a stronger network in the United States every day. In this case, I was told there is an organized crime family in Canada. It is possible that the cartels interact with them to bring people across the northern border. Biden’s open border policy, which it maintains, even though it denies, has had opposite effects, Bishop stated.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden reached an agreement Friday to stop illegal migrants entering Canada if they enter another country while traveling to the U.S.