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Press Release Published: Oct 11, 2019

Cummings violates bipartisan agreement again to issue political subpoena to ICE and USCIS

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requesting that he convene a business meeting to allow Members to debate and vote on the Chairman’s proposed subpoena to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Excerpts from the letter:

“These subpoenas are an unnecessary and abusive tactic to use against an Executive Department that has already reached your desired policy outcome. DHS informed the Committee weeks ago that it would resume ‘its consideration of non-military deferred action requests on a discretionary, case-by-case basis, except as otherwise required by an applicable statute, regulation, or court order.’ You yourself subsequently acknowledged and applauded this decision in a press release.”
“However, despite this action by the agency, you have eschewed any cooperative posture with the Department and chosen confrontation. Continuing to threaten Department officials with compulsory process serves no legitimate oversight purpose. Similarly, such behavior may undermine any future Committee efforts to conduct responsible and credible oversight. Your decision to continue to engage in confrontational behavior with DHS suggests that your intent is not the furtherance of a legitimate oversight effort, but rather purely partisan theater and the continuation of your pattern of attacks on the Trump Administration.”
Full text of the letter can be found here.