DHS Staffed with Activists, Biden’s Immigration Policy Softens

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under President Joe Biden has come under scrutiny for the number of officials with backgrounds in left-wing advocacy and immigration reform policies. Records reviewed by America First Legal (AFL) show that many high-ranking DHS officials have previously worked for organizations supporting progressive immigration measures. This includes individuals who have been involved in pushing for policies to protect illegal immigrants within the United States.

Critics argue that the composition of the DHS leadership reflects a deliberate effort by the Biden administration to weaken immigration enforcement and border security. They believe that the personnel choices made by the administration have contributed to the surge in illegal immigration at the southern border. Gene Hamilton, Executive Director and General Counsel of AFL, emphasized the significant influence of personnel on policy decisions within DHS.

One example highlighted is Felicia Escobar Carrillo, the chief of staff for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Prior to joining DHS, Carrillo worked for organizations such as the Beacon Fund and the L.A. Justice Fund, both known for supporting immigration reform and legal assistance for undocumented individuals. Her past involvement with groups like the National Council of La Raza raises concerns among critics due to the organization’s stance on immigration issues.

Another official, Eva Millona, who serves as DHS’ Assistant Secretary for Partnership and Engagement, previously led the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). This organization backed immigration bills in Massachusetts that would restrict state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Millona’s advocacy for policies like the Safe Communities Act and the Tuition Equity Act has drawn attention to her influence within the Biden administration.

The presence of individuals like Bitta Mostofi, who has ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), has also raised eyebrows. CAIR has faced criticism for promoting anti-Israel sentiments, leading some to question Mostofi’s alignment with the organization. Additionally, Royce Murray and Avideh Moussavian, who have backgrounds in immigration reform advocacy, further exemplify the trend of appointing officials with progressive immigration agendas within DHS.

The surge in illegal immigration since President Biden took office has heightened concerns about the administration’s approach to border security. The Biden administration’s willingness to work with organizations and individuals advocating for immigration reform has sparked debates over the impact of such partnerships on national security and immigration enforcement. Addressing these concerns and ensuring a balanced approach to immigration policies remains a key challenge for the current administration.

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