In the letter, first issued by the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard, Brnovich pointed to the removal of U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott and the reassignment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy Enrique Lucero.
Scott had criticized President Joe Biden's border policies that he said have ended in the recent record illegal border crossings. Lucero had suggested that the Biden policy of halting deportations would reduce Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests by half.
"At a time when we need them most, DHS seems to be purging qualified leaders who have attempted to uphold the rule of law," Brnovich said in the letter. "Those actions only lead to more chaos and further empower the cartels who now control both sides of the border.
Brnovich asks in the letter for a list of other border officials who have recently been given options of reassignment or retirement since Biden took office.
Brnovich is running for Senate in 2022 and has made border security a major problem in his campaign.
“In the midst of this historic surge in migration, our most experienced law enforcement agents should not be held hostage to leadership changes for simply providing the American people with the truth,” Brnovich wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
He mentioned the removal of the U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott and the reassignment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy Enrique Lucero as two cases of an obvious purge.
Scott was critical of border policies under President Joe Biden that have led to the largest crossings of illegal immigrants ever. Lucero informed that Biden’s “pause” of deportations would lead to a 50% cut in ICE arrests.
In the letter, provided to Secrets, he requested a list of other border officials recently assigned or retired since Biden took office.
"Arizona law enforcement officials trusted Chief Scott. We would like to know more about your reorganization and his replacement.
"I am therefore asking your Department for a listing of all officials and agents within DHS who have been given the options of retirement or reassignment since January 20, 2021. I would like a response by Friday, October 15, 2021. Thank you for your prompt attention to this request," He concluded.