A Democratic senator criticized Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ lack of responsiveness on the crisis on the southern border.

First-term Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., questioned Mayorkas all by way of a Tuesday Senate Homeland Security Committee listening to on “Threats to the U.S.”

Ossoff requested the secretary about his division’s unresponsiveness to “a number of requests” despatched by the Senate committee in July and why the committee nonetheless has nevertheless to see “timely production of relevant documents and records.”


“I also want to state here publicly for the record, while we’ve got you, that, regardless of the administration’s party, the Senate has an obligation to conduct vigorous oversight, to be assertive in using our authorities and prerogatives to secure the information necessary to oversee the executive branch’s past and current activities,” Ossoff said by way of the listening to.

“And in my capacity as chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, I intend to be assertive in seeking that information,” the senator continued prior to asking Mayorkas “why these requests, now three months outstanding, remain outstanding.”

Mayorkas responded that Ossoff’s concern was “resonant” and that DHS has “done an internal review on the pace” of their responsiveness together with “implemented new procedures” to lower response time.

“That is indeed an obligation of ours and a commitment of ours, and a commitment of mine personally,” along with that the quantity of requests obtained is a “daunting number.”

“Nevertheless, that is a commitment and obligation of ours and we will do a better job of fulfilling it,” Mayorkas mentioned.

Ossoff furthermore requested Mayorkas the place the requested paperwork from July are, to which Mayorkas mentioned he ought to “look into it.”

Ossoff joined a quantity of Republicans on the committee in hammering Mayorkas on the backlog of requests to the division.

Mayorkas traveled to Del Rio, Texas, on Monday to see the surge of migrants, principally from Haiti, who’ve made the trek all by way of the border. At the present state of affairs’s peak, over 15,000 unlawful migrants have been being housed beneath an overpass with deteriorating situations.

Mayorkas was briefed on the state of affairs by state and native officers and admitted in an interview that the nation was dealing with a “challenging situation” on the border.

Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can uncover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.