Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan sent a subpoena to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, requesting that he give over the case files of more than a dozen immigrants under investigation by Congress.
Among them are rape and murder suspects, including one illegal immigrant suspected of two rapes on a Silver Spring, Maryland, jogging route, and others accused of murdering a teenager in Frederick County, Maryland.
Many of the 14 files contain illegal immigrants who were apprehended and released at the border, which is at the core of the immigration influx.
Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said his committee has regularly pressed the agency for the information over the last seven months but has been greeted with resistance. Only two incomplete summaries have been sent to Congress.
According to the chairman, he was obliged to use the subpoena.
“Your response without compulsory process has, to date, been woefully inadequate,” he wrote in a letter to Mayorkas announcing the subpoena.
Mayorkas was given until January 8 to submit the files.
The subpoena is the latest in a tug-of-war between Congress and the Biden administration, notably Homeland Security, for information access.
Jordan said his committee is investigating the