September 12, 2023

Arrington to Mayorkas: Show us the Money

House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington (R-TX) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas today, highlighting the devastating impact the crisis at the border is having on communities across the country and asking him to provide an accounting of DHS expenditures to address the influx of migrants at the southwest border. 
Specifically, the letter asks the Secretary the following questions:

  • Since you became Secretary, what has the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent on addressing the dramatic influx of migrants at the southwest border? 
    • What does DHS project to spend on addressing the border crisis for fiscal year 2024? 
  • Since you became Secretary, what has been the total cost of transporting, housing, relocating, and releasing illegal aliens in DHS custody? 
    • How much funding has DHS disbursed to non-profits to house, feed, and transport illegal aliens? 
  • Since you became Secretary, how much funding has DHS allocated to construction of new border barriers? 
    • What is the current cost of materials that have gone to waste due to the pause in construction of the border wall system?
  • If there isn’t a crisis at the border, why is the Administration asking Congress for $4 billion in supplemental funding to address the border?
    • If DHS received supplemental funding, how would the funding be used to enforce security at the border? 
  • Will the $9.5 billion that Texas is spending on the border to enforce the national security of the United States be reimbursed by the Administration? 

The letter requests a response by September 30th, or the Committee will be forced to engage in “additional action, including resorting to compulsory process to obtain the required information.”
Click here to read the full letter.