House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena

The top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee are deriding as “unacceptable” a failure from the secretary of Homeland Security to respond to a subpoena from the panel for last week.

In a letter Wednesday, Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: House panel unveils draft of privacy bill | Senate committee approves bill to sanction Russia | Dems ask HUD to review use of facial recognition | Uber settles sexual harassment charges for .4M House Homeland Security rip DHS’s ‘unacceptable’ failure to comply with subpoena Trump nominates DHS senior cyber director MORE (D-Miss.) and ranking member Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersHouse Homeland Security rip DHS’s ‘unacceptable’ failure to comply with subpoena House passes defense bill to establish Space Force, paid family leave for federal workers Hillicon Valley: FCC moves against Huawei, ZTE | Dem groups ask Google to reconsider ads policy | Bill introduced to increase data access during probes MORE (R-Ala.) urged Acting Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfHouse Homeland Security rip DHS’s ‘unacceptable’ failure to comply with subpoena Hillicon Valley: Amazon alleges Trump interfered in Pentagon contract to hurt Bezos | Federal council warns Trump of cyber threats to infrastructure | China to remove foreign technology from government offices Documentary groups challenge Trump administration’s vetting of immigrants’ social media MORE to comply with their request, after blowing through an original Dec. 11 deadline for materials related to border security.

“Today, nearly a year after materials were initially requested from then-Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHouse Homeland Security rip DHS’s ‘unacceptable’ failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to ‘look at’ Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills MORE and a week after the deadline for production pursuant to the subpoena, the Committee has yet to receive any documents. This is unacceptable,” wrote Thompson and Rogers.


The documents in question relate to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) role in enforcing border security and immigration laws.

“You are required to produce the responsive documents, which are essential to the Committee’s oversight of the Department’s border security activities, including the treatment of children in custody, the separation of families, and metering of individuals at ports of entry,” wrote Thompson and Rogers.

DHS representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The subpoena was issued by the committee on Nov. 20 and approved in a bipartisan voice vote.

In his letter from the time issuing the subpoena, Thompson noted DHS “has not been responsive to our requests for documents related to the handling of children, families and others who were apprehended at the southwest border by U.S. Border Patrol or who had sought to access a port of entry maintained by [Customs and Border Protection] Office of Field Operations to make asylum claims.”

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