‘Morally Repugnant’: Homeland Security 👮 Advisory Council Members Resign 📝 Over Immigration Policies
Four members of a Homeland Security advisory council have resigned in protest over the Trump administration's immigration policies, citing the "morally repugnant" practice of separating immigrant families at the border.
The group noted that the Department of Homeland Security did not consult its advisory council before implementing the policy, which separated more than 2,500 children until President Trump reversed his endorsement of the practice amid an international outcry and signed an order instructing the agency to stop doing so.
Bill Bratton, a former New York City police commissioner who is vice chairman of the advisory council, thanked the group for their service in an email reply, but he did not respond directly to the criticism.
In separate letters also sent to Nielsen, Martin and Holtzman also cited objections more broadly to the administration's immigration policies, including a travel ban on immigrants from several majority-Muslim countries, the pursuit of billions of dollars for a border wall and Trump's attempts to end a deferred action program for younger immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children.
Holtzman, who like Martin was appointed by former DHS secretary Jeh Johnson during the Obama administration, wrote to Nielsen that under Trump, "DHS has been transformed into an agency that is making war on immigrants and refugees."
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