Gustavo Torres, the executive director of Casa Maryland, rallies with immigrants and supporters outside the White House in protest of planned raids against immigrant families. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The Washington region’s largest immigrant advocacy group is calling for the ouster of the Democratic National Committee’s chief spokesman over an email he wrote that calls a push for federal protection of unaccompanied Central American minors “irresponsible.”

In a letter sent Tuesday to Donna Brazile, who took over as interim chair of the DNC in the wake of the scandal over internal emails released by WikiLeaks, Casa in Action takes issue with statements made in one of those emails by DNC spokesman Luis Miranda.

“The problem is these groups don’t want to hear this, they want us to send a message to Central Americans to keep paying smugglers and put those kids at risk of abuse and even death,” Miranda wrote in a May email about Obama administration immigration raids. “Frankly the rhetoric on this and calls for TPS [temporary protected status] are irresponsible, they send a message that ends up in more lives lost.”

Miranda declined Wednesday to comment on the email. The DNC has posted a statement of apology on its website for disparaging remarks revealed about former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders that caused an uproar and led to the resignation of chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the start of this week’s national convention in Philadelphia.

Miranda’s email alludes to concerns about how offering federal temporary protected status to Central Americans who have crossed illegally into the United States in recent years could serve as a magnet for others, which would fuel dangerous smuggling operations on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gustavo Torres, director of Casa in Action, argued that the email diminishes the fact that thousands of Central Americans are fleeing violence in their homelands, including the unaccompanied minors, which would qualify many as refugees.

Torres also said Miranda, who has served as a Democratic Party liaison for immigrant groups, appears to be privately accusing them of promoting illegal immigration by calling for federal protections.

“We believe that we really need people in the Democratic Party who are really pro-immigrant, who want to resolve the issue of immigration,” Torres said. “He is the main voice for Latinos in the Democratic Party. I believe that it’s unacceptable.”

As of Wednesday, Democratic Party leaders — including Miranda — have not responded to the group’s complaint, he said.