Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is facing calls for his resignation by a number of so-called “Angel Families,” whose loved ones were killed by undocumented immigrants, Breitbart reports.
The backlash reportedly stems from his dismissive response to a question from U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) that referenced Amber Scott, a 19-year-old woman kidnapped at knifepoint by a 25-year-old criminal alien in 2006.
“You risk the American people’s lives”
“How many more Ambers have to be kidnapped across America before you will take action?” Cammack asked.
Incredibly, Mayorkas responded by declaring that he found the question “to be extraordinarily disrespectful,” as National Review reported.
To those who mourn the death of Scott and others killed in similar acts, Mayorkas seemed to confirm that he is not interested in recognizing the victims of violent crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.
“Angel” parents Don Rosenberg and Maureen Maloney, both of whom lost children in such crimes, called the Cabinet official out in a letter this week.
“Secretary Mayorkas, many of the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security risk their lives every day doing their jobs,” they wrote, according to Breitbart. “You risk the American people’s lives every day by not doing yours. You owe Congresswoman Cammack an apology. You owe the American people your resignation.”
A record of missteps
The Biden administration’s immigration policies, including a proposed ban on deporting undocumented immigrants unless they had committed another serious crime, have caused many Americans to believe they are getting the raw end of the deal.
Of course, Democratic leaders have maintained a controversial stance on border issues for years, including opposition to “Kate’s Law,” which was named in honor of a woman apparently killed at random by an undocumented immigrant. The bill sought to eliminate so-called sanctuary cities in the U.S.
Given President Joe Biden’s campaign promises of a softer approach to immigration, it should not be surprising that he installed people like Mayorkas in critical positions.
The Homeland Security secretary appears to be right at home in the D.C. swamp that former President Donald Trump so vociferously railed against.
While Trump supporters say his tough talk and action met the immigration challenges America faced during his term in office, Biden has been in the White House for just over two months and has already ushered in a staggering crisis along the southern border.