Posted on April 10, 2022

Mayorkas Says White Supremacists Pose ‘Most Prominent Threat’ to US Homeland

Marisa Schultz, Fox News, April 8, 2022

White supremacists pose the biggest terror threat to the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday amid a surge of illegal border crossings.

The Department of Homeland Security has assessed that “the greatest terrorism-related threat that we face in the homeland is the threat of domestic violent extremism,” Mayorkas said.

Citing an “increase in hate” that’s spread on social media and other online platforms, Mayorkas further specified that “the most prominent threat is the threat of White supremacists.”

Mayorkas made the remarks during a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in New York City. {snip}

Both Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland previously said White supremacist extremists represent the most persistent and lethal threat to the homeland when they testified before the Senate last May. Mentioning the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol, Mayorkas and Garland said their agencies would dedicate more resources to fight against domestic terrorism, create new intelligence initiatives and work with foreign partners and tech companies to help stem the growing threat, the Washington Post reported at the time.

Mayorkas’ threat assessment comes at a time of historically high illegal border crossings.