Trump plans to deploy federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and threatened to send agents to other “Democrat” cities to quell ongoing protests over racism and police brutality.
The agents will assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police officers, though no specific plan for what the agents will do — or what they will be prohibited from doing — has been made public. “We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you,” Trump said.
Last week, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf declared that Portland was “under siege” by protesters, which he characterized as a “violent mob” of “anarchists.”
The city, however, has been besieged by a series of law enforcement agencies, including his own federal police officers, and not “violent anarchists.”
Over the weekend, unidentified officers from Customs and Border Protection in unmarked camouflage uniforms started arresting peaceful protesters and taking them away in unmarked vehicles.
(Generalissimo William Barr is behind this)
They have also fired tear gas and less-lethal munitions into crowds of demonstrators. The new federal force, drawn from a range of DHS teams including the Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Marshals Service, was created last month in an executive order signed by Trump, which tasked them with protecting historic monuments, memorials, statues, and federal facilities.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, meanwhile, tried to provide a legal justification for the administration’s decision to deploy federal law enforcement to Portland, citing a provision of federal law (40 U.S. Code 1315) that says the secretary of Homeland Security “shall protect the buildings, grounds and property that are owned, occupied, or secured by the federal government […] and the persons on the property.”
The measure allows the secretary to deputize Homeland Security employees “in connection with the protection of” federal property. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed concern about the possibility of Trump sending federal agents to Chicago after what happened in Portland, saying: “We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully.” Wolf, meanwhile, dismissed the objection to federal intervention in Chicago, saying: “I don’t need invitations by the state, state mayors, or state governors to do our job. We’re going to do that, whether they like us there or not.”