Republicans in the House accuse DHS of pushing ‘ideologically driven agenda’ with transgender policies

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FIRST ON FOX: More than two dozen House Republicans express their concern about new transgender policies issued by the Department of Homeland Security, claiming that the agency is pushing an “ideologically driven agenda” that could threaten national security.

“[DHS] has a vital mission: to secure America from the many threats we face. We are deeply concerned that your latest announcement will only distract from DHS’s main goal, which is to keep the homeland safe, “said the letter from 26 House Republicans to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, led by Rep. Ralph Norman, RS.C.,.


Passengers are queuing to pass through the Northern Security Checkpoint on Monday, January 3, 2022 at the main terminal at Denver International Airport in Denver.  (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Passengers are queuing to pass through the Northern Security Checkpoint on Monday, January 3, 2022 at the main terminal at Denver International Airport in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

“We are concerned that DHS, with the goal of ‘promoting civil rights’ based on subjective gender identity and ‘promoting equality and inclusion’, may compromise the security of achieving these goals,” they say.

DHS announced on March 31, the International Trans Visibility Day of Visibility, that it will replace “gender-based” advanced imaging technology with new technology that it says will increase security and efficiency by reducing the number of false alarms while improving ” the customer experience of travelers who have previously been required to undergo additional screening due to alarms in sensitive areas. ” Separately, the agency will allow “less invasive screening procedures” for those who trigger the scanner in sensitive areas until the new gender-neutral technology is out.

In addition, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program will allow for an “X” gender marker option, “after identity documents such as passports offering the same. The agency also removes gender considerations when checking ID at an airport.

“This ensures that TSOs can accurately and effectively validate a person’s identity while avoiding unnecessary delays caused by discrepancies in gender information on the boarding pass and identification document (eg driving license or passport) and / or the gender representation of the traveler.” said DHS.

Republicans proposed that the agency put gender ideology above its founding missions.

“We are concerned that the focus on an ideologically driven mission that ignored biological sex will stand in opposition to the TSA’s ability to protect our transportation system,” they write.

The letter also noted that customs and border protection has provided staff with guidance on using gender-neutral language and a person’s self-identified pronouns and name. Legislators contrast this with the ongoing crisis at the border, where there were more than 221,000 migrant meetings in March alone.

“We urge you to secure the border before you worry about the ‘preferred pronouns’ for illegal aliens,” they say. “There is no national security if our border is wide open.”


Legislators conclude by expressing their disappointment that “you have decided to devote time and resources to promoting an ideologically driven human sexuality agenda instead of focusing on addressing the pressing and timely issues facing our nation. for.”

Earlier this month, DHS was one of a number of agencies announcing its “equity” level which will focus on everything from naturalization, access to humanitarian protection, bidding for DHS contracts, combating all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, filing complaints and seeking redress in DHS programs and activities, airport screening and access to Trusted Traveler programs.


As part of the plan, DHS promised to “identify barriers that may prevent access to naturalization among underserved communities” and remove these barriers to facilitate the naturalization process. In addition, DHS said it will “expand engagement” with small businesses owned by or supporting “members of underserved communities.”

The department also noted that it is working to “expand the opportunities for gender identification” for certain travel programs such as TSA PreCheck.

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