WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - GOP congressmen are pushing back against U.S. immigration officials who are reportedly moving illegal immigrants across state lines to receive abortions.
Twenty-two House Republicans, led by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., sent a letter on Friday to President Biden's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) seeking an explanation on the immigration-abortion issue.
The Republican representatives pressed that abortion is not health care and demanded federal funding not be used to promote baby murder.
"Abortion is not health care: It kills unborn children and harms their mothers. Federal taxpayer dollars should not be used to transport illegal aliens for abortions or otherwise facilitate abortions," they insisted.
The letter comes in the wake of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporting last week that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has drafted a memorandum directing immigration holding centers to help pregnant women in custody receive abortions on the taxpayer's dime.
Regardless of any state legislation that may outlaw abortion, ICE Director Tate Johnson noted pregnant mothers "detained in ICE immigration custody have access to full reproductive health care."
Noting the WSJ's report on interstate, federally-funded abortion transportation, the GOP lawmakers insisted "using federal resources to transport minors across state lines for abortions or otherwise providing or facilitating abortions for illegal aliens in DHS or HHS custody is unacceptable and must be stopped."
The leaked memo reportedly uncovered by the WSJ claims it is "pursuant to ICE policy" to cover the transportation of pregnant women across state lines to help them receive abortions.
In early July, Reuters published a piece that accused U.S. officials working with the HHS of "flying or driving [unaccompanied alien] minors from Texas shelters to other states for abortions."
With trigger laws banning abortion in states with illegal immigration problems such as Texas, Arizona and Florida, illegal aliens there will face increased difficulties accessing abortions, Reuters reported.
Traveling across state lines to pro-abortion states on U.S. highways puts illegals at risk of being deported by Customs and Border Protection (UCB), Reuters claimed.
The UCB currently operates 110 checkpoints on roads near U.S. borders. Lupe Rodriguez, the executive director of the pro-abortion, pro-illegal National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, observed the UCB's network of checkpoints makes it "virtually impossible" for noncitizens living in pro-life Southern states to get abortions.
Biggs explained his frustration with the federal aid being used to provide abortions for these illegal aliens.
"This outrageous use of federal resources to transport minors across state lines for abortions or otherwise providing or facilitating abortions in DHS or HHS custody is a heinous act and must be stopped," the representative asserted in a statement.
Biggs called on the DHS and HHS secretaries, Alejandro Mayorkas and Xavier Becerra, respectively, to "immediately cease this conduct and provide us a thorough explanation of why this callous practice began in the first place."
Some Republican legislators took action to stop illegal immigrants from receiving federally funded abortions.
Representative Buddy Carter, R-Ga., and Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduced the Defunding Abortion Transportation Act, which seeks to "put guardrails in place to prevent the federal government from subsidizing the death of unborn children."
"Democrats' abortion agenda, which allows for taxpayer-funded elective abortions until the moment of birth, is extreme and must be reined in," Carter told the Daily Caller.
Democrats in the nation's capital have expressed frustration with illegal immigrants flooding into their districts. The Washington Examiner reported over 150 buses containing nearly 6,000 illegal aliens have traveled from Arizona and Texas to Washington, D.C. to release the migrants.
Governor Greg Abbott, R-Texas, kicked off the operation in April in a push to show D.C. Democrats just how impactful the southern illegal immigration problem can be on local communities.
A group of the majority-Democrat D.C. city council members urged the mayor, Democrat Muriel Bowser, to provide more resources to aid in the illegal immigration surge.
"After three months with no direct support from the District government … [and] the number of buses arriving every day increasing rapidly, we encourage you to mobilize your administration to coordinate with other jurisdictions in the region to step in and assist with the response," the council members wrote in a letter to Bowser.
Bowser remarked the illegal alien buses created a "very significant issue" in D.C. and called on the federal government to carry out a "coordinated federal response."