Four members of a Homeland Security Advisory Council have just resigned, citing the Trump administration’s policies of separating families at the border as “morally repugnant.”
The group sent their resignation letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and said that the Department failed to consult with them before implementing the controversial policy which ended up separating more than 2,5000 children from their parents.
“Were we consulted, we would have observed that routinely taking children from migrant parents was morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered,” the group wrote. “We cannot tolerate association with the immigration policies of this administration, nor the illusion that we are consulted on these matters.”
Advisory council members typically only serve two-year terms, and are appointed by the homeland security secretary. The four members who resigned included former secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig and former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman. Even with their resignations, 24 members will still remain on the advisory council they served on.
The Washington Post reported that they sent additional separate letters to Secretary Nielsen with more concerns about the administration’s policies, “including an entry 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.”
“These actions have fueled polarization, alienated state and local governments, and moved us much further from a sustainable, effective, and strategically sensible immigration enforcement program,” David Martin, a former DHS deputy general counsel wrote.
The group didn’t think their resignations would matter much in the end, but wanted the American people to know that not everyone in government was the enemy: “I do think it’s important for the American people to see that not everybody connected with the government is a brute, is a lawbreaker and that actually some of us do have a measure of conscience.”
A few months ago, Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert resigned as well, citing differences with the administration.