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Republicans criticize Biden DHS, accusing him of starting a climate change program while the border crisis rages

Republicans criticize Biden DHS, accusing him of starting a climate change program while the border crisis rages

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, attends a news conference with members of the GOP Doctors Caucus after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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FIRST ON FOX –Forty House RepublicansYou must press the BidenAdministration of a new climate change programme created by the Department of Homeland Security(DHS), even though that agency struggles with the southern border crisis. 

Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), is co-chairman for the House Border Security Caucus. This group sent a letter Thursday to Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary. 

The letter criticizes the secretary for “dereliction” for failing to focus on DHS’s “intended Mission by securing border and resuming internal enforcement.” 

“Given that we had a record-breaking two million illegal crossings in 2021, we are deeply concerned that this initiative is a misuse of taxpayer dollars, a paltry attempt to distract the American people from your failure to secure the border, and a dangerous reorientation of the Department’s real job: protecting against threats to the Homeland,” the Republicans say in their letter. 

Other notable signatories include Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), Chip Roy, R–Texas) and others. 

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They are referring to the Climate Change Professionals Program of DHS, which was announced earlier this month by the department. Mayorkas established the DHS Climate Change Action Group last year. 

“The Climate Change Professionals Program will be instrumental in helping the Department adapt to our changing climate by providing hands-on experience and guidance to young professionals interested in climate adaptation and resilience,” Mayorkas said of the program. “This program will help develop the next generation climate experts, improve climate literacy within the Department, and assist us in executing our Climate Action Plan to remain mission resilient while reducing our environmental impacts.” 

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, attends a news conference with members of the GOP Doctors Caucus after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Rep. Brian Babin, R.Texas, attends the news conference with members the GOP Doctors Caucus following a meeting of House Republican Conference at the U.S Capitol on Wednesday, January 19, 20,22. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, Inc via Getty Image

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The program will last for two years and will allow you to be considered for permanent DHS positions. According to the department’s explanation, it will help DHS adapt for climate risks like wildfires, floods, and other extreme weather events. 

But the members who signed onto the Babin letter argue it’s bogus to call climate change a “security threat” when “data shows that deaths from natural disasters are at their lowest point in 120 years and that we’ve seen a 92 percent decline in the death toll from natural disasters since its peak in 1920.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, Tuesday, November 16, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

“While we understand the frustration you and the administration must feel knowing that the American people are not buying into your preferred crisis of choice – climate change – we urge you to refocus the work of the Department to its intended mission by securing the border and resuming interior enforcement,” the letter continues. “Doing so is a dereliction or breach of duty and directly contradicts the oath you took to office.”

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BIDEN ADMIN ENROLLED FEWER THAN 300 MIGRANTS IN ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ IN DECEMBER

According to the Customs and Border Protection Data (CBP), Documented in the Jan. court 14, filingDecember saw 178,840 migrants encounters November 2017: Up to 173,620. This was an increase on the October 164,753 apprehensions.

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These numbers are dramatically higher than in the previous year’s November and December, when there were 72.113 encounters and 73.994 in December.

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After their inauguration, President Biden gave Vice President Harris the task of addressing the root causes behind illegal immigration. The crisis continues to rage with “Numerous“Migrants being released deep into the U.S.A, including Single adultsAs authorities struggle to handle the sheer volume border-crossers, security measures like the border wall were paused.  

This report was contributed by Bill Melugin and Adam Shaw from Fox News. 

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