A former acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Services has grave concerns about the man President Joe Biden picked to ensure America's borders are secure and that those who enter the country do so legally.
After his Senate confirmation on Tuesday, Alejandro Mayorkas (pictured) was sworn in as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is expected to move quickly to enforce Biden's executive orders related to immigration – three of which the president signed the same day of Mayorkas' confirmation.
During an appearance Wednesday on American Family Radio, Ken Cuccinelli expressed his concerns about how Mayorkas might negatively impact the morale of federal border enforcement personnel. Cuccinelli, who served as acting director of USCIS under President Donald Trump, recalls something Mayorkas said while deputy secretary of DHS in the Obama administration.
"[When he was asked] about the negative impact they were planning [and what effect it] would have on the morale of the Border Patrol agents … his immediate response was their morale 'is of no moment to me.' That's a great concern to me," said Cuccinelli. "I think it's very unfortunate that Joe Biden has chosen Alejandro Mayorkas to be the next secretary of Homeland Security."
Cuccinelli warned that the DHS is being politicized to go after anyone who opposes the new administration. "It is the most severe politicization of law enforcement and national security personnel that I have ever seen," he described. "If you voted for Trump, you are a threat – that's the narrative they're building right now, with no specific intelligence … none, zero."
The Associated Press reports Mayorkas will lead a task force on family separation, focused largely on reuniting parents and children who the administration says were separated from each other at the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the executive orders signed by Biden on Tuesday specifically established that task force.