A Department of Homeland Security official blasted lawmakers Tuesday for failing to improve broken immigration policies while leaving U.S. citizens to suffer the consequences.
“Good border security is good common sense,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “Congress is where the long term solution resides.”
Cuccinelli called for a bipartisan compromise to secure the southern border which would reverse the surge of attacks that illegal immigrants have carried out against Americans.
Lawmakers have “utterly failed to step up,” he told The Todd Starnes Show.
“This doesn’t all have to be political or partisan,” Cuccinelli said. He emphasized the importance of local law enforcement cooperating with federal officials, instead of intervening only after a crime has already occurred. “The point of law enforcement cooperation with ICE is to keep these crimes from ever happening.”
Cuccinelli pointed to Montgomery County, Maryland, where multiple women and children were recently victims of sexual violence and the perpetrators were illegal immigrants.
“They shouldn’t even be here,” he told Starnes. “These are crimes that should never happen in the first place.”
Cuccinelli offered some advice to constituents in heavily Democratic cities that have witnessed a spike in violent crimes by illegal immigrants.
“Speak to [your elected officials] and tell them, ‘Hey we want our community safe and we want you cooperating to remove the criminals you capture who are deportable.’”
“You get what you vote for,” he added.
On the upside, President Trump’s “hard edged diplomacy” at the southern border is “having great success,” Cuccinelli said.
“We celebrate the patriotic aspect of people obeying the law who want to become Americans and doing it right. And we’re happy to help those people actually go down that legal path.”