CONGRESSWOMAN DEMINGS LEADS 52 OTHERS IN CALLING FOR FOCUSED AND SWIFT ACTION BY DOJ, DHS TO COUNTER THREAT POSED BY WHITE SUPREMACIST AND NEO-NAZI GROUPS
WASHINGTON, D.C.— In the wake of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Congresswoman Val Demings, Florida’s 10th Congressional district, sent a letter Friday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Elaine Duke, demanding action by the Department of Justice and DHS to counter the serious threat posed by the continued growth of violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. Fifty-two other Members of Congress joined Demings in sending the letter.
“The Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security have both the responsibility and the authority to direct their agencies to root out and prevent hate crimes and racially-motivated violence,” Congresswoman Demings said. “They must protect the American people by swiftly and thoroughly investigating and disrupting violent extremist groups, despite the mixed and contradictory messages coming from the White House.”
“The events in Charlottesville must be a wake-up call,” wrote Demings and the other Members. “The white supremacist movement does not seek to simply exercise free speech or agitate for policy positions – it seeks to terrorize our fellow Americans.”
The Members urged Sessions and Duke to immediately dedicate resources to protecting those at risk, preventing further attacks, and prosecuting those who carry out domestic terrorism and other hate crimes.
A copy of the letter can be viewed here.