WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement:
“Saturday, in Plainfield Township near Chicago, Illinois, a 6-year-old Palestinian Muslim boy was horrifically and heartbreakingly stabbed to death. His mother was severely injured in the same attack.
“There is no humane world that can and should tolerate the murder of an innocent child because of his identity. The tragic events in the Middle East, begun by the brutal terrorist attacks by Hamas, have brought ideologies of hate to the fore across the world – notably antisemitism and Islamophobia. This must end. The diversity and inclusiveness that define America must prevail.
“Our Department condemns violence, including and especially violence born of hate, and we will continue to work every day to prevent it.”