Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan is expressing his concerns over the “dangerous” rhetoric that is sparking an “environment where we’re demonizing law enforcement for doing their jobs.”
An ICE office in San Antonio, Texas, as well as another office in connection to ICE, were targeted early Tuesday as shots were fired. The latest attacks brought the number to the fourth incidents ICE facilities have been targetted since last month.
“Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts,” ICE said in response.
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— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) August 14, 2019
McAleenan is sharing his concerns for the safety of border law enforcement as he says the recent attack “does appear to be targetted.”
“I think the environment where we’re demonizing law enforcement for doing their jobs, for enforcing the laws on the books, is concerning, it can be dangerous and it can result in people taking actions that are not supported by the facts,” he told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. “… I think we have got to tone that down, absolutely.”
Additionally, McAleenan declared that there needs to be a “balanced enforcement process” in order to “have integrity in the immigration system.”
Asked about being “raked over the coals” by Congress members amid the current migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the acting DHS secretary responded with what “inspires” him to continue his job: the DHS’ “mission is compelling” and “our men and women” at the border.
Watch McAleenan’s interview below:
McAleenan also said it is one of his “top priorities” to address domestic terrorism, as he expressed that it’s “a real issue, as you see, all over the country” and “there is a rise in the number of incidents.”