Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding answers about the influx of children, teenagers, and families seeking to enter the United States illegally along the southern border and the Department’s response to this immigration and national security crisis. House Judiciary Committee staff has sought answers from DHS on this issue repeatedly but has not been provided complete answers.

In the letter, Chairman Goodlatte asks over 20 detailed questions regarding how many individuals are attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, how they are entering our country, where they are being transported to in the interior U.S., what types of immigration benefits they are applying for, and whether those released from custody ever show up for their removal proceedings, among many other questions. The full letter can be found here.

Next Wednesday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on this troubling issue. Many of the Obama Administration’s policies, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the virtual rubberstamping of “credible fear” claims at the border, have led to this sudden surge of minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Word has gotten out in Central America regarding the Administration’s lax immigration policies so people are being encouraged to take advantage of the lack of immigration enforcement in the U.S.  Reports demonstrate that families and children come here believing that they will not be turned away. In addition, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez recently stated that people from his country are coming to the U.S. illegally because they hope to gain a legal status.