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Herrell Demands Oversight of Border Wall Funds

February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) today led a letter with Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and other House Committee on Oversight and Reform Republicans to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The letter requests all documents and communications related to President Joe Biden's decision to halt construction of the border wall.

"On the day he was inaugurated, President Biden signed a proclamation stopping construction of the border wall for 60 days.," Herrell and the Committee Republicans wrote. "This is particularly concerning since Congress agreed in December 2020 that $1,375,000,000 be appropriated 'for the construction of [a] barrier system along the southwest border.' In fact, every year since Fiscal Year 2018, Congress has provided funds for barriers and fencing along the southwest border, clearly signaling Congress’s intent to secure the border with a physical barrier."

The committee letter notes the Biden administration's refusal to spend what Congress already appropriated is not permissible.

"The Government Accountability Office has concluded that, 'Faithful execution of the law does not permit the president to substitute his own policy priorities for those that Congress has enacted into law.' Unfortunately, in this case, President Biden has decided to use executive action to disregard the law passed by Congress and signed by President Trump."

Underscoring the importance of the border wall to the Second District of New Mexico, the letter also highlights an example provided by Congresswoman Herrell.

"In one of many examples, a rancher and constituent of new Committee Member Representative Herrell, along the border in New Mexico, explained how an incomplete wall along his property has effectively become a funnel for thousands of migrants and smugglers," the letter continues. "This has led to people crossing through his land, killing and stealing his livestock, and in one instance holding him at gunpoint and stealing his truck. Similar accounts from others who live in our border communities are unsettling and unacceptable."

The full text of the letter to Secretary Mayorkas can be found HERE.