Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary and Principal Deputy Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli took to Twitter on Monday and blamed a mass stabbing on the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which was signed into law by then-President Ronald Reagan.
Over the weekend, 37-year-old Grafton Thomas of Greenwood Lake, New York, allegedly attempted to murder five Hasidic Jewish men who were celebrating Hannukah at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York. Thomas was reportedly armed with a long knife otherwise described as a machete. Thomas was arrested in Harlem hours later.
Ken Cuccinelli had something else entirely on his mind.
“The attacker is the US Citizen son of an illegal alien who got amnesty under the 1986 amnesty law for illegal immigrants. Apparently, American values did not take hold among this entire family, at least this one violent, and apparently bigoted, son,” Cuccinelli tweeted.
Cuccinelli, the Republican former Attorney General of Virginia, has since deleted the tweet, but the evidence of it remains.
— Derek Willis (@derekwillis) December 30, 2019
Ken Cuccinelli deleted the tweet criticized here. Screenshot, for posterity. pic.twitter.com/rKiROvBRRT
— Alex Wayne (@aawayne) December 30, 2019
A tweet by acting DHS deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) that suggested the suspect in the New York Hanukkah stabbings is a US citizen who had not assimilated appears to have been deleted or removed pic.twitter.com/xo7Nc2iw8x
— Ted Hesson (@tedhesson) December 30, 2019
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