Grijalva rips Westerman over subpoena threat

By Garrett Downs | 06/06/2024 04:35 PM EDT

House Natural Resources Committee Republicans want documents on migrant housing on public land.

Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.).

(Left to right) House Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and ranking member Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.). Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Natural Resources ranking member Raúl Grijalva denounced Chair Bruce Westerman for considering a subpoena for Homeland Security officials to testify or produce documents related to migrants sheltering on public land.

The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is planning the latest of several hearings on the issue next week, and leaders say the administration has “obfuscated and redacted information.”

Republicans have been investigating the use of Floyd Bennett Field, a former airfield now run by the National Park Service, to temporarily house undocumented migrants bused to the city from Republican-led states.


The GOP has repeatedly sought to use any opportunity to blame President Joe Biden for an influx of undocumented migrants entering the southern border. The potential subpoena could set up a standoff between the administration and the House on the country’s most bitter political issue.