Immigrant advocates on Monday celebrated the resignation of the interim head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, whom they called a “cruel and inhumane” official, who carried out his policies against undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was one of the first to react to the announcement. Through her Twitter account, the legislator, who represents Washington’s Seventh District in the House of Representatives, said that “Wolf was cruel, immoral and dangerous from the beginning.
“His inhumane policies separated families, caged children and inflicted terror on immigrants, peaceful protesters and our communities,” the Democrat added.
Wolf’s resignation, effective 11:59 p.m. Monday (04:59 GMT), is the third resignation from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet after the violence that degenerated into an assault on the Capitol last Wednesday.
Without going into detail, Wolf said his decision “is justified by recent events, including ongoing court rulings and without merit on the validity” of his authority as acting secretary.
“These events and concerns,” the outgoing official added, “increasingly serve to divert attention and resources from the important work of the Department at this critical time of transition of power.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) noted in a message to its social networks that Wolf’s appointment in November 2019 had been “illegal.
“The secretary’s position was never his, to begin with,” SPLC said.
Wolf was never confirmed in his position by the U.S. Congress, an argument that was used by several plaintiffs to invalidate their policies against various immigrant groups.
The resignation came a day before President Trump is due to visit the Mexican border in Alamo, Texas, to inspect progress on the wall before leaving office next week.
“I am saddened to take this step, as I intended to serve the Department until the end of this Administration,” Wolf said in a letter announcing his resignation.
Firm Action noted in a statement that “Wolf was a cowardly facilitator who enforced Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant agenda, causing profound harm to our families.
In its message Firm Action urged President-elect Joe Biden to turn promises into reality and provide a path to citizenship and relief from deportation from day one of his administration.
Jayapal stressed that “we must reverse their harmful policies and humanely reform our immigration system.
In addition to Wolf, two other members of Trump’s cabinet have resigned in recent days: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.
Both cited in their letters of resignation the assault on the Capitol by followers of the president, which left five dead, 12 policemen injured and dozens of people detained.