Mid-August, President Donald Trump quietly announced his pick for the Department of Homeland Security top civil rights post — a woman without a background in national security or in protecting civil rights, reports Pema Levy. In fact, Cameron Quinn, says Levy, is a conservative Republican election lawyer who has worked to push through “policies that restrict the ability of minorities to vote.”
“The appointment of Cameron Quinn… is a testament to the influence in the Trump administration of a small cadre of conservative lawyers and activists who have fought against voting rights in recent years, many of whom Trump appointed to the commission he convened to ensure election integrity,” Levy notes.
Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and formerly the head of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, told Mother Jones that the administration, along with its Voter Fraud commission is obviously “setting the stage for a massive voter purge, so it’s obviously concerning that someone with a partisan background in elections and voting is being installed in a key civil rights position at DHS.”
Quinn’s record in election law speaks for itself, showing her to be a staunch supporter of “the unproven narrative that voter fraud is a widespread threat that must be combated with restrictive voting laws, such as voter ID requirements,” measures that demonstrably reduce voting among poor, minority and elderly citizens.