Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday defended his division’s new disinformation board, arguing it doesn’t infringe on free speech and was applied to fight harmful misinformation being unfold by the cartels.
Mayorkas instructed “Fox New Sunday” the disinformation board is solely meant to “address disinformation that presents a threat to the homeland.”
“Our work does not infringe on free speech, infringe on civil rights or civil liberties,” Mayorkas mentioned. “An individual has the free speech right to spew antisemitic rhetoric. What they don’t have the right to do is take hostages in a synagogue.”
Mayorkas might have been referring to the synagogue hostage disaster in Colleyville, Texas, in January, when an armed man took a rabbi and others hostage earlier than killing himself.
The disinformation board was introduced final week however drew some criticism from conservatives who mentioned it may very well be used to focus on conservatives. They additionally criticized Nina Jankowicz, who will lead the board, for previous feedback.
The Homeland Security secretary instructed “Fox News Sunday” the disinformation board will deal with harmful rhetoric, saying South American cartels and different smugglers have unfold disinformation in regards to the U.S. border that has led to surges on the crossing.
Mayorkas emphasised the board won’t infringe on free speech.
“There are people in the department who have a diverse range of views, and they’re incredibly dedicated to the mission,” he mentioned. “We’re not the opinion police.”