Republicans blast Mayorkas for pushing ‘completely shameful’ narrative about ‘home terrorism’

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The shortcoming of Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week to call a single case of home terrorism that his division has referred to the Division of Justice for prosecution has outraged Republicans and amplified their requires Mayorkas to resign or be impeached.

Throughout testimony earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Mayorkas reaffirmed his evaluation that “domestic violent extremism represents the greatest terrorism-related threat to the homeland.” 

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., pressed Mayorkas for knowledge on any referrals he has made to the DOJ on the grounds of home terrorism. Mayorkas didn’t supply any, saying he would offer it after the listening to.

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Steube informed Every day Publish Digital he hasn’t heard again from DHS, and he is uncertain he’ll ever get a response. 

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas faced questions from Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., during a hearing April 28, 2022.

Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confronted questions from Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., throughout a listening to April 28, 2022.
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In interviews with a number of GOP lawmakers following the testy trade, Republicans accused the Biden Administration of overstating and even fabricating the specter of home terrorism as a option to keep away from the true situation of the surge of migrant border crossings which have reached traditionally excessive numbers.

“It tells you that they haven’t referred anybody from Homeland Security to DOJ on domestic terrorism or White nationalism-related charges,” Steube informed Every day Publish Digital. “And it just goes to show you that the narrative that the Biden administration is trying to create that the No. 1 threat to the homeland is White nationalism and domestic terrorism isn’t true.”

Steube helps Mayorkas’ impeachment if the GOP retakes Congress. 

“They’re trying to avoid the clear threat to our democracy and to the safety and security of American people at the southern border,” Steube mentioned. 

DHS didn’t reply to requests for remark from Every day Publish Digital searching for knowledge on home terrorism legal referrals and additional info on the DHS evaluation that home terrorism is a larger menace to the homeland than the surge of immigrants on the border. 

There have been greater than 1.7 million migrant encounters in FY 2021, and FY 2022 is on tempo to exceed that, with what is anticipated to be greater than 1 million encounters within the first six months of the fiscal 12 months alone. At the least 23 folks coming throughout the southern border in 2021 have been on the phobia watch listing. 

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“Democrats are absolutely gaslighting the American people,” Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., mentioned of Mayorkas’ home terrorism claims. “I do not believe that is the biggest threat to our homeland. Our biggest threat is the southern border and the invasion that is taking place.”

Boebert backs impeachment and Friday authored laws to defund one other Mayorkas’ initiative — the “Disinformation Governance Board,” which is designed to root out misinformation. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks at a news conference held by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, to complain about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and masking policies. 

Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks at a information convention held by members of the Home Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, to complain about Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and masking insurance policies. 
(AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik)

Rep. Jim Banks, the chairman of the Republican Research Committee, accused President Biden’s homeland safety chief of spreading falsehoods. Banks already led a letter with 130 fellow Republicans, together with GOP management, that questioned Mayorkas’ “suitability for office.”

“The Biden administration continues to shamelessly lie to the American people and uses ‘disinformation’ as a label to slander and discredit their critics,” Banks, R-Ind., mentioned in an announcement to Every day Publish Digital. “Mayorkas’s incapacity to sight a single case of White supremacist terrorism, regardless of claiming it’s the only best menace to the nation, is strictly why DHS has created a brand new ‘Disinformation Governance Board.'”

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House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry, R-Pa., scolded Mayorkas for focusing more on U.S. citizens than the “criminals and potential terrorists” crossing the border.  

“His goal is to stigmatize Democrat political opponents by accusing them of being domestic terrorists but couldn’t identify a single prosecution referral made to the Justice Division,” Perry informed Every day Publish Digital. “He should be securing our nation from the invasion on our southern border and protecting Americans, instead of acting as the handmaiden for the messaging machine of the radical left.”

In the course of the listening to, Mayorkas touted efforts to root out home terrorism, together with creating a brand new Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to assist communities forestall radicalization to violence and designating home violent extremism as a nationwide precedence space in FEMA grant packages. He additionally touted the creation of a devoted home terrorism department inside the Division’s Workplace of Intelligence & Evaluation that “has been disseminating an unprecedented level of information and intelligence” to state and native companions to counter threats. 

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“We remain vigilant against all forms of terrorism and targeted violence,” Mayorkas mentioned. “The nature of these threats has evolved, but our vigilance and resolve are constant.”

Mayorkas shouldn’t be alone in his evaluation that home violent extremism is the best terrorism associated menace to the homeland. Different high-ranking officers within the Biden administration and congressional Democrats have shared the identical message. 

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Legal professional Basic Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray have testified earlier than Congress that home violent extremist teams, together with White supremacists, pose a rising menace to the USA.

“The threat of lethality is higher than it ever was … I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the U.S. Capitol” on Jan. 6, Garland informed a Senate committee in Might, according to Reuters

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray
(Mark WIlson/Getty Pictures)

Wray mentioned in September 2021 the FBI has “surged” assets to deal with a rising caseload, which has jumped from about 1,000 investigations within the spring of 2020 to about 2,700 investigations. 

Wray mentioned in congressional testimony the best terrorist menace within the U.S. is from lone actors. That features homegrown jihadists espousing ISIS ideologies, as effectively as home violent extremists “radicalized by personalized grievances ranging from racial and ethnic bias to anti-government, anti-authority sentiment to conspiracy theories,” he mentioned. 

Wray categorized the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol as “domestic terrorism.” 

Although Mayorkas did not point out this in his response to Steube Thursday, the Homeland Safety chief beforehand pointed to the “repeated and persistent bomb threats” towards Traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs) as motive for concern. In speaking about the specter of home violent extremism earlier this month, Mayorkas additional specified that “the most prominent threat is the threat of White supremacists.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington.

Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington.
(AP Photograph/Evan Vucci)

This 12 months, greater than one-third of the nation’s Traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs) have obtained bomb threats, in accordance with the White Home. No explosive gadgets have been discovered, however the campus disruptions and the fears the threats generated prompted the Biden Administration to announce new granting funding in March to HBCUs starting from $50,000 to $150,000 per college affected.

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The FBI has investigated a minimum of 59 threats of violence towards HBCUs, together with Howard College, for the reason that starting of the 12 months, in accordance with Inside Higher Ed. The threats are categorized as racially motivated violent extremism and hate crimes, in accordance with the FBI. 

“This investigation is of the highest priority for the Bureau,” the FBI said in February

Home Homeland Safety Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., agrees with Mayorkas that home violent extremism represents the best terrorism menace to the homeland. His committee has held hearings analyzing the home terrorism menace, together with towards Black church buildings and faculties. 

Thompson’s workplace factors to the Director of Nationwide Intelligence (DNI) 2022 official threat assessment report that mentioned lone wolves and small terrorist cells motivated by numerous ideologies “probably present the greatest terrorist threat to the United States,” together with racial/ethnic violent extremism and militia extremism. 

Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., shares the same concern. He opened the Mayorkas listening to on Thursday sounding the alarm on home terrorism.

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“America faces a multitude of challenges,” Nadler mentioned Thursday. “But one of the greatest modern threats to our homeland is the danger posed by violent far-right extremists and White supremacists.”

Nadler added that “2020 had the highest number of domestic terror incidents and plots in over 30 years; 66% of those were by White supremacists, extremist militia members and other violent far-right extremists.”

Rep. August Pfluger R-Texas, talks with migrants he encountered at the Texas-Mexico border June 30, 2021. 

Rep. August Pfluger R-Texas, talks with migrants he encountered on the Texas-Mexico border June 30, 2021. 
(Jessica Weiner, Republican Research Committee)

However Texas GOP Rep. August Pfluger, a former Air Pressure fighter pilot and former nationwide safety adviser to President Trump, mentioned the American folks simply do not consider the Biden administration’s menace evaluation.

“His testimony in front of Congress was absolutely shameful,” Pfluger informed Every day Publish Digital. “He should be deployed to the southern border right now.”

Pfluger, who has known as for Mayorkas’ resignation, mentioned the urgent threats are usually not from home White supremacists, however from Russia, China, cyberattacks and other people on the phobia watch listing coming throughout the southern border.

“I’ve spent my entire professional career analyzing threats, fighting against those threats [and] strategizing how to put our country into a better position to deter those [threats],” Pfluger mentioned. “It’s 100% political narrative. At what point in time is Secretary Mayorkas going to put patriotism over politics?”

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