Ashley Moody Leads State AGs in Calling for DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to Resign

This week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody demanded the immediate resignation of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas—leading 13 other states in an effort to replace the DHS leader.

Insisting there is continued failure to enforce federal law, Moody and the multistate coalition of attorneys general called for Mayorkas to leave office claiming “ his failed leadership is resulting in a disaster at the southwest border and puts the nation on the verge of a national security crisis.”

Moody weighed in on the matter on Tuesday.

“Secretary Mayorkas has failed to deliver on the core function of the agency he runs: ‘to secure the nation from the many threats we face.’ Through his refusal to enforce federal laws, including deporting criminals and maintaining order at the border, he has put America and our respective states on the verge of a national security crisis. The only individuals who are more secure because of our DHS secretary are the drug cartels and human smugglers. Secretary Mayorkas should admit his failure to achieve the basic mission of this agency and resign immediately,” she said.

“From the time you took office to December 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in our country six times over—an increase of more than 30 percent since before you took office. If that much was detected and seized, we shudder to think how much more is slipping through each day…Any competent leader facing such disastrous results would quickly alter their policies to abate the extraordinary harm…Yet you continue undeterred, oblivious…to the destruction and deaths you are causing in American communities.…the number of sex offenders arrested entering our country increased by an astounding 213 percent over the last fiscal year. Given your unlawful catch and release policies, we are left with many other unanswerable questions, like how many children are now being trafficked in our communities and how many sex offenders now prowl our streets,” Moody and the other attorneys general wrote.

“Deportations have fallen a staggering 70 percent since 2020…Perhaps most egregiously, you have refused to deport some of the most dangerous criminals, even though you are required by law to do so. That decision is shocking, especially because Democrats and Republicans alike have always prioritized the removal of criminals here illegally, including when you were Deputy Secretary of DHS from 2013-2016,” they added.

The attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia joined Moody in the letter.

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