Hoeven Joins Colleagues in Pressing DHS to Explain Use of Taxpayer Dollars to Fly Illegal Immigrants from Border to U.S. Communities

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in pressing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to explain the movement of illegal immigrants from the nation’s southern border to communities nationwide using taxpayer dollars. According to recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports, large numbers of illegal immigrants traveling as single adults are being placed onto planes and sent across the country for release into American communities.

“In light of the public reporting around ‘midnight flights’ of illegal immigrants, we request a full accounting of your Department’s activities so that we can understand the scope of this challenge,” wrote the senators. “We are concerned that the use of these midnight flights by ICE is intended to obfuscate the Administration’s failure to secure our borders and protect hardworking, law-abiding Americans.” 

Along with Hoeven and Tillis, the letter was signed by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.).

Click here for the full letter.