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H.Res. 928: Requesting the President, and directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of all documents in their possession referring or relating to certain aspects of border policies of the United States.


The text of the resolution below is as of Feb 15, 2022 (Introduced).


IV

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 928

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2022

(for himself, Mr. Katko, Mr. Guest, Mr. Norman, Mrs. Cammack, Mrs. Miller-Meeks, Mr. Gimenez, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Newhouse, Mrs. Wagner, Ms. Salazar, Mr. Jacobs of New York, Mr. Bergman, Mr. Emmer, Mr. Garbarino, Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Ms. Stefanik, Mr. Higgins of Louisiana, Ms. Mace, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Cawthorn, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Bishop of North Carolina, Mr. McKinley, Mr. McCaul, Ms. Malliotakis, Ms. Letlow, Mr. Joyce of Ohio, Mr. Weber of Texas, and Mrs. Harshbarger) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

RESOLUTION

Requesting the President, and directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of all documents in their possession referring or relating to certain aspects of border policies of the United States.

That the House of Representatives requests the President, and directs the Secretary of Homeland Security, to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, copies of all documents, memoranda, analytical products, advisory legal opinions, notes, reports, briefing materials, intelligence assessments, audio recordings, records (including telephone and electronic mail records), correspondence, communications, and other materials, both classified and unclassified, in the possession of the President or the Secretary, respectively, as of the date of adoption of this resolution that refer or relate to—

(1)

Department of Homeland Security policies implemented and data collected regarding individuals who, from January 20, 2021, until such date of adoption, have arrived at the southwest border of the United States with the intent to enter the United States, including—

(A)

the total number of encounters reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel, on a monthly basis;

(B)

the total number of such encounters reported by CBP personnel, on a monthly basis, of individuals—

(i)

who had previously been encountered attempting to cross the southwest border;

(ii)

attempting to cross the Southwest border as part of a family unit;

(iii)

who are single adult males attempting to cross the southwest border;

(iv)

who are single adult females attempting to cross the southwest border;

(v)

who are unaccompanied minor children attempting to cross the southwest border; and

(vi)

admitted into the United States after processing by CBP;

(C)

the total number of such individuals who have reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after previously being admitted into the United States after such processing;

(D)

the total number of unaccompanied minor children admitted into the United States after such processing and transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services;

(E)

the total number of individuals encountered by CBP personnel and denied admission to the United States;

(F)

potential explanations for changes in the number of encounters described in subparagraph (B) from previous years;

(G)

estimates of how many individuals were able to cross the border into the United States without being encountered by CBP personnel, on a monthly basis;

(H)

any analysis done prior to January 20, 2021, regarding the potential consequences of reversing or suspending immigration policies implemented under the previous presidential administration;

(I)

reimplementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols described in the Department of Homeland Security memorandum entitled Policy Guidance for Implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols, dated January 25, 2019;

(J)

guidance relating to the documentation required and accepted as valid identification for migrants traveling within the United States, including Transportation Security Administration policies regarding valid identification documentation required for migrants to pass through airport security checkpoints;

(K)

the use of authority under section 362 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 265; commonly and popularly referred to as title 42 authority) to prevent the spread of communicable diseases to suspend persons and property from the United States;

(L)

processes, procedures, and guidance relating to COVID–19 for individuals encountered along the southwest border, including requirements related to testing, quarantine periods, and vaccinations; and

(M)

deployment and use of new and existing technology, including surveillance towers, ground sensors, cargo scanning equipment, and drones, on the southwest border to support Department of Homeland Security operations;

(2)

the total amounts of illicit narcotics, including fentanyl, seized by CBP, and any internal documentation related to potential explanations for changes in seizure amounts from previous years;

(3)

the treatment of unaccompanied minor children who, from January 20, 2021, until such date of adoption, have been encountered crossing the southwest border, including—

(A)

information regarding processes, procedures, and guidance relating to such encounters;

(B)

the Department’s current screening and vetting procedures to determine a migrant’s age as well as if a migrant is an unaccompanied child prior to transfer to the Department of Health and Human Services, including—

(i)

instances in the past three calendar years in which an adult migrant posing as an unaccompanied minor child was—

(I)

encountered at the southwest border; or

(II)

detected residing in the United States; and

(ii)

the Department’s response to instances in which migrant adults posing as undocumented migrant children commit acts of violence or other crimes;

(C)

information regarding transportation of unaccompanied minor children aboard United States Government-chartered and commercial flights departing from locations near or on the southwest border and flying to locations in the United States; and

(D)

information regarding such flights arriving at Westchester County Airport;

(4)

any activity within the Department to track transnational criminal organizations that have engaged in human trafficking along the southwest border of the United States, including—

(A)

any discussions, assessments, or professional opinions regarding the extent to which such transnational criminal organizations have profited from such human trafficking;

(B)

any intelligence assessments, products, or activities of the Department regarding the regional activities of transnational criminal organizations in Central and South America, including the role of such organizations in facilitating the formation and movement of large groups of migrants traveling together to the southwest border;

(C)

incidents in which Department personnel interdicted criminals attempting to traffic migrants across the southwest border;

(D)

incidents in which Department personnel interdicted criminals attempting to traffic children across the southwest border;

(E)

incidents in which Department personnel or local law enforcement were involved or arrived on the scene of a traffic accident at or near the southwest border in which one of the vehicles involved was found to be involved in human trafficking; and

(F)

communications with State and local law enforcement along the southwest border regarding incidents of human trafficking, including child trafficking;

(5)

incidents in which a child could not be located after being released into the United States pending a removal hearing with or to an accompanying adult claiming to be the legal guardian of such child;

(6)

communications between the Department and the Government of Mexico regarding unaccompanied migrant children crossing the southwest border from January 20, 2021, until such date of adoption; and

(7)

policies and procedures when children are interdicted at the southwest border and found to be trafficking illicit commodities.