GOP lawmakers called out the Department of Homeland Security for its repeated targeting of conservative Americans and its funding of a college program that lumps the Republican Party and Christian and conservative groups into the same category as pro-Nazi organizations.
On Friday (June 2), Republican Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.) sent a letter, signed by 15 other Congressional Republicans, to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Biggs’ letter, first obtained by Fox News Digital, urged Mayorkas and DHS to stop prosecuting the Biden administration’s political opponents.
Biggs states in the letter that under the leadership of Mayorkas, the DHS has “repeatedly targeted conservative Americans for lawfully expressing their First Amendment rights.”
Biggs detailed in the letter how the “Constitution prohibits the federal government from suppressing the free speech of Americans,” which included using “third parties” to attack free speech unconstitutionally.
However, the Arizona Republican added that the system of illegal federal speech regulation had become a “norm under the Biden administration.”
Biggs also used the letter to call out a Homeland Security grant, which he alleged gave funding to organizations that “openly demonize and equate mainstream conservatism with domestic terrorism.”
The call-out references reporting that the DHS had given $350,000 in taxpayer-funded anti-terrorism grant money to a program at the University of Dayton known as the PREVENTS-OH project.
According to documents obtained by the Media Research Center (MRC), a conservative media watchdog, the program placed the Republican Party and several mainstream conservative groups on the “Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization” alongside militant neo-Nazis.
A University of Dayton grant application to DHS cited a link to a controversial Dayton conference where an academic researcher presented the chart.