Tennessee Governor Bill Lee today called for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the crisis at the southern U.S. border with Mexico and the alleged unaccompanied minors being flown into the Volunteer State.
“We are writing to support your continued calls for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold an oversight hearing regarding the current border crisis. We believe this hearing should also address the Biden Administration’s failure to provide notice and transparency in their movement of unaccompanied migrant children into states. These experiences sow seeds of mistrust in our communities, and work to intentionally subvert the will of the people for a secure border and a clear, lawful immigration process. Additionally, the lack of transparency places an undue burden on our law enforcement partners to determine whether these types of flights constitute a criminal act of human trafficking or the federally-sponsored transport of vulnerable children,” said Governor Lee in a letter sent to Senator Chuck Grassley.
Governor Lee requested the hearing along with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senator Grassley. Governor Lee said Tennessee and Iowa have faced a number of alleged incidents where unaccompanied children were flown into the states with reportedly no notifications or plans from the federal government.
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator Bill Hagerty each said they supported a hearing on the issue.