Mayorkas says “White supremacists” are the U.S.’s top domestic threat

According to Fox News, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week claimed that “White supremacists” are America’s biggest domestic threat. 

Mayorkas made the claim on Friday during a speech that he gave at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference. There he claimed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that “the greatest terrorism-related threat that we face in the homeland is the threat of domestic violent extremism.”

Mayorkas added, “the most prominent threat is the threat of White supremacists.”

As evidence, Mayorkas cited an “increase in hate” witnessed online and the “repeated and persistent bomb threats” made against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in recent months.

It’s not the first time

Mayorkas has claimed that White supremacists pose the biggest domestic threat to America in the past.

Both he and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland made the same claim last year, in May, when they testified before the Senate. There, they reference the Capitol protests that took place on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Domestic violent extremists pose an elevated threat in 2021, and in the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat we face comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race,” Garland, who was testifying directly beside Mayorkas, said.

At the time, both Mayorkas and Garland said that their respective agencies would be putting resources into combatting this domestic threat.

Context

Mayorkas made the claim that White supremacists are America’s biggest domestic threat despite what has been and is currently taking place at America’s southern border. Under President Joe Biden’s leadership, America has seen record or near-record levels of illegal immigration.

In Fiscal Year 2021, for example, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had 1.7 million illegal immigrant encounters. Currently, the CBP is on pace for 1 million encounters in the first half of Fiscal Year 2022, meaning that 2022’s numbers are on pace to surpass 2021’s numbers.

A surge in illegal borders crossings is expected to take place in the coming months as the Biden administration allows Title 42 expulsions to expire. This is the Trump-era policy that has allowed the federal government to expel illegal immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The policy will expire in late May, and Mayorkas recently confirmed that the Biden administration will let it expire because “it is a public health imperative, not an immigration policy.”

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