During a March 17 House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas was asked by Representative Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) about the perpetrators and victims of illegal alien crime, and when he will take action. Rather than acknowledging the problem, apologizing for the Biden administration’s disastrous handling of the border security/humanitarian crisis at the southwestern border, or promising to do something to fix the problem, Mayorkas angrily reprimanded the freshman congresswoman for being “extraordinarily disrespectful.”
Here is Rep. Cammack’s question in full:
“I’m from a small town out West, and the month before I was supposed to graduate high school, which was 2006, one of my classmates was kidnapped by an illegal [alien]who had been deported multiple times. And I think when you have policies that incentivize folks to come over illegally, and we don’t have the proper mechanisms in place to protect our borders … that kind of impact has resounding effects. So, my question to you, her name was Amber Scott — the young lady who was kidnapped by this illegal [alien]criminal — how many more Ambers have to be kidnapped across America before you will take action?”
Rather than answering the question, Secretary Mayorkas took offense:
“Congresswoman, I find that question to be extraordinarily disrespectful. Disrespectful not only to me, but disrespectful to the men and women of Homeland Security and to all the frontline personnel throughout this country who dedicate themselves to the safety and security of the American people.”
The exchange ended with the freshman Florida Republican responding that the “American people” undoubtedly “feel very disrespected about the border situation we’re facing right now.”
Politicians and government officials deflecting to avoid answering tough questions is certainly nothing new. But Secretary Mayorkas’ thin-skinned reply is nevertheless quite telling. It reveals the Biden-Harris administration’s refusal to take responsibility for a border crisis that is entirely the new administration’s making. Moreover, it shows how uncomfortable both the current administration – and the soft-on-illegal-migration crowd in general – is about the subject of crimes committed by foreign nationals here unlawfully.
Illegal alien crime may be a politically (very) inconvenient truth, but it is a well-documented fact nevertheless. In reality, illegal aliens are at least three times as likely as American citizens and legal immigrants to be incarcerated. And it is simply naïve to assume that criminals are not among the illegal migrants making their way to the United States right now or those who have been recklessly released into our country’s interior by the Biden administration. And Rep. Cammack is certainly correct to point out that Americans have a right to feel disrespected by an agenda that sacrifices their safety to the false idol that is the Biden administration’s open borders, soft-on-illegal-migration policy.