Biden Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was recently pressed by U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) on how he plans to address the threat posed by undocumented migrant criminals like the man who kidnapped then-19-year-old Amber Scott a full 15 years ago.
According to Breitbart, rather than answering Cammack’s question, however, Mayorkas snapped at the Florida Republican, calling her question “extraordinarily disrespectful.”
Speaking Wednesday, Cammack told the story of Scott, a student from Colorado who was taken at knifepoint in 2006 by then-25-year-old Pedro Martinez, an undocumented migrant who previously been deported three times.
“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 [immigrant] who had been deported multiple times,” the congresswoman said, according to Breitbart.
“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,” Cammack added.
“So my question to you, her name was Amber Scott — the young lady who was kidnapped by this illegal criminal — how many more Ambers have to be kidnapped across America before you will take action?” she pressed the secretary.
In response, Mayorkas quickly made clear that he didn’t appreciate the line of inquiry. “Congresswoman, I find that question to be extraordinarily disrespectful,” he said, as Breitbart reported.
The DHS secretary reportedly said the question was “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.”
But Cammack didn’t back down, replying: “I’m sorry that you feel that way… I’m sure the American people feel very disrespected about the border situation we’re facing right now.”
As Breitbart noted in another report, just last month, a 23-year-old undocumented alien with ties to MS-13 was charged in New York state on allegations that he participated in a 2016 murder. The man was already serving a nine-year prison sentence for a separate attempted murder.
Meanwhile, America’s southern border is currently facing a surge of migrants, with Fox News reporting Wednesday that more than 500 unaccompanied minors are crossing into the U.S. daily, on average.
Fox also reported this week that some 13,000 migrant children are currently being held in federal custody, a situation Mayorkas, for his part, continues to refuse to call a crisis.