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MEDIA ADVISORY: Chairman Green Announces Full Committee Hearing on Secretary Mayorkas’ Loss of Operational Control to Drug Cartels

July 12, 2023

Committee to hold hearing for phase two of investigation into the DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) announced a hearing next Wednesday, July 19, at 2:00 PM ET, to examine the reckless open-border policies put in place by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that have empowered the drug cartels in Mexico to seize operational control of the Southwest border and smuggle illegal aliens, criminals, suspected terrorists, and deadly fentanyl into the United States. This hearing will be a part of the second phase of the oversight investigation into Secretary Mayorkas’ actions and policies, which have threatened our national security and the safety of every American.

“For far too long, Secretary Mayorkas has facilitated the business model of criminal cartels by rewarding their illegal activity with his catch-and-release policies. Now, families in every state in America have mourned the tragic loss of loved ones from fentanyl poisoning while Border Patrol agents are stretched far too thin across hundreds of miles of our Southwest border and have faced continued threats and violence at the hands of human smugglers,” Chairman Green said. “Additionally, ranchers and farmers on the frontlines of this crisis have watched their land turn into stash houses and highways for the cartels. While Secretary Mayorkas, by his own admission, may be unaware of the methods cartels use to spread addiction and destruction across our country, this Committee, and the American people, are not. Homeland Republicans will not stop until we determine the full extent of this administration’s tacit participation in criminal drug cartels and Secretary Mayorkas’ complete dereliction of duty.” 


WHAT: A House Committee on Homeland Security hearing entitled, “Biden and Mayorkas’ Open Border: Advancing Cartel Crime in America.”

DATE: Wednesday, July 19, 2023

TIME: 2:00 PM ET

LOCATION: 310 Cannon House Office Building


Witnesses will be announced and are by invitation only.

The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed on YouTubePress must be congressionally credentialed and must RSVP by Tuesday, July 18 at 6pm ET.