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CHC leaders urge Senate to oppose Chad Wolf nomination 

CHC leaders urge Senate to oppose Chad Wolf nomination 
© Greg Nash

Leadership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are calling for the Senate to oppose the nomination of acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfIntel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave Russia suspected of massive State Department email hack: report MORE to fill the post permanently. 

Wolf has led DHS in an acting capacity since November, and the agency has gone more than a year without a Senate-confirmed leader. President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE nominated Wolf to head the department permanently last month, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a nomination hearing for him Wednesday. 

The Democratic CHC leadership noted that Wolf oversaw the administration’s hard-line immigration policies such as family separation and the agency’s controversial tactics toward demonstrators in Portland, Ore.

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“Mr. Wolf’s distortion of DHS’ mission nearly jeopardized the livelihoods of over 10,000 personnel, disrupted public trust, and placed children in danger,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (R-Ky.) and committee chairman Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonPelosi: Dropping 9/11-style Jan. 6 commission an 'option' amid opposition Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launches Senate bid Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies MORE (R-Wis.) 

Wolf faced scrutiny last month after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that he was improperly appointed as acting secretary and was therefore ineligible for the position, though Trump and other Republicans dismissed the findings.

“[Wolf’s] record shows a consistent failure to effectively manage the agency, a pattern of issuing inaccurate or misleading statements, and enacting some of the most disturbing immigration policies in our country’s history,” the CHC members wrote. “Based on Mr. Wolf’s track record it is clear he is unfit to serve as the Department of Homeland Security Secretary.”