Homeland Security Chair Mark Green: Southern and ‘cyber’ borders top focus for holding Biden, China to account

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EXCLUSIVE: House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., told Fox News Digital that securing America's confederate and "cyber" borders are apical priorities for his committee, arsenic good arsenic holding China to relationship aft the spy balloon incident.

Green sent a missive to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Tuesday, archetypal obtained by Fox News Digital, successful which helium demanded accusation astir China's "espionage" successful U.S. airspace.

In an interrogation up of President Biden's State of the Union code Tuesday, Green said the contented with the spy balloon saga is "twofold."

"One, however the [DHS] Office of Intelligence and Analysis, you know, functioned wrong each of the notifications and the determination making for not shooting down a spy balloon that invaded our, you know, airspace," said Green.

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"And then, of course, we person oversight and person the Coast Guard wrong Homeland Security. So they're precise progressive close present successful the betterment of the worldly and securing the tract wherever the balloon was changeable down and landed successful the ocean. So conscionable making definite they person the resources to bash their job," helium said.

As for apical priorities for his committee, Green said they are securing the southern border, arsenic good arsenic the country's "cyber" border.

"A batch of radical don't deliberation of cyber arsenic a border. But I privation to displacement the paradigm a small spot and person radical deliberation of cybersecurity arsenic the nation's 4th border," explained.

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Another apical absorption volition beryllium to "reorganize and restructure" DHS to maximize effectiveness and ratio due to the fact that it's "unconscionable" what the Border Patrol person been enactment done owed to demands connected them by Biden's unfastened borderline policies.

Green wasn't excessively enthusiastic astir the anticipation of impeaching Mayorkas, adjacent though articles of impeachment person been enactment guardant by immoderate of his GOP colleagues. "My position close present is we're going to bash immoderate important oversight. And erstwhile we're done, if the accusation that we stitchery shows that he's worthy of being impeached, we'll walk that disconnected to [House Judiciary Chairman] Jim Jordan," helium said.

"The Pentagon acknowledged that they had been monitoring this surveillance balloon for respective days, yet took nary enactment to forestall it from entering U.S. airspace. Even worse, quality reports bespeak that the Biden medication knew astir the spy balloon for much than a week earlier it was changeable down. This inaction is some unsafe and egregious," the president wrote successful his missive to Mayorkas.

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He told Mayorkas that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s entree to delicate accusation arsenic it traveled crossed the state is particularly troubling arsenic the CCP seeks to bargain U.S. info and "exploit" world and technological communities.

"The CCP's espionage successful our skies – near unaddressed by this medication – is simply a superior interest to Americans. As members of the Committee with jurisdiction implicit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we indispensable recognize DHS' relation successful identifying, assessing, and tracking this threat," the missive continued, including a deadline of Feb. 17 for the requested info.

DHS did not instantly respond to Fox News Digital's petition for remark connected the letter.

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