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    The American Civil Liberties Union’s sudden call to abolish the Department of Homeland Security is being characterized by opponents as a nonstarter and shameless fundraising attempt, but it is not without support among congressional and other Washington Democrats. The ACLU, which has taken more than 400 legal actions against the Trump administration since January 2017, called Monday for the shuttering of the federal government’s third-largest department. DHS is under its fifth leader since President Trump took office — one of the reasons the civil liberties organization described it as having acquired a “badge of shame.” “Nearly 20 years of abuse, waste, and corruption demonstrate the failure of the DHS experiment. Many knew DHS to be an ineffective superagency,...
    The Department of Homeland Security must be dismantled and partially defunded, says an op-ed by the far-left director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Dismantling DHS, breaking it apart into various federal agencies, and shrinking its allocation of federal dollars will allow for more effective oversight, accountability and public transparency,” says the USAToday op-ed by ACLU director Anthony Romero, the son of migrants from Puerto Rica. The op-ed comes as pro-migration groups lobby Congress to split the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bureau from the DHS’s enforcement agencies, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau. Their goal is to make the USCIS into “even more of a rubber-stamp” for Fortune 500 employers and migrants, and a political ally...
    Even in the hazy, flag-waving days surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the United States, there was something about America’s rush to create a massive state apparatus called the Department of Homeland Security that made some people’s skin crawl — and not just the usual patchouli-scented, granola-sated leftist suspects. “The word ‘homeland’ is a strange word,” George W. Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told staffers in a memo after some floated the idea of combining federal functions around immigration, customs, domestic intelligence and law enforcement into one vast department even before 9/11. “‘Homeland’ Defense sounds more German than American.” The USA had functioned just fine for 226 years without a Department of Homeland Security, and the decision to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY MARK HOSENBALL The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reviewing “a number” of complaints that its agents used excessive force against anti-racism protesters in Portland, Oregon, though so far no one has been disciplined, the department’s acting head said on Thursday. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about the federal response to long-running protests in Portland, where state and city officials complained that the presence of federal officers inflamed protests. He did not say how many complaints were being reviewed or provide any specifics of what had been alleged. Largely...
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reviewing "a number" of complaints that its agents used excessive force against anti-racism protesters in Portland, Oregon, though so far no one has been disciplined, the department's acting head said on Thursday. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about the federal response to long-running protests in Portland, where state and city officials complained that the presence of federal officers inflamed protests. He did not say how many complaints were being reviewed or provide any specifics of what had been alleged. Largely peaceful protests have been held across the United States since the May 25 death of George...
    (CNN)Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf defended the department's response to unrest in Portland, Oregon, saying that violence in the city directed at federal property and personnel eventually required him to deploy supplemental law enforcement officers. Testifying Thursday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Wolf sought to draw a distinction between the peaceful protests in Portland and the violence directed at the federal courthouse and police officers. "The department is aware of the national dialogue taking place around racism and law enforcement practices, and we continue to support and defend every American's right to exercise their First Amendment rights," Wolf said. Wolf blamed local and state officials for providing "little to no" support for DHS officers protecting...
    (CNN)Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told lawmakers Thursday he stands by the Trump administration decision to limit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program following the Supreme Court's decision in June."In no way did the Supreme Court decision tell the department to process new DACA applicants," Wolf told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Legal experts have opposed that argument, saying that the decision allowed for new applicants and a Maryland judge eventually directed the administration to take new applications. DACA changes are temporary, Trump administration officials sayLate last month, Wolf issued a memo saying that new applications for DACA, the Obama-era program that shields certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, would not be accepted and renewals would be limited to...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. “To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. Federal agents have been stationed in Portland since June to protect a federal courthouse as...
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is testifying to lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about recent protests and riots across the country. Follow below on Fox News' live blog. Mobile users click here.Adam Shaw is a reporter covering U.S. and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached here.
    President Trump’s rise drove a subset of American conservatives to sheer derangement. Symptoms have included unaccountable reversals of political positions and a burning desire to defeat every single sitting GOP officeholder. Now we can add new symptoms to the list: paranoia about state persecution. Benjamin Wittes recently succumbed to this malady. He ­bizarrely claims that Team Trump spied on him by … circulating his tweets inside government. Wittes, the editor of a national-security blog popular with elites, is mostly famous for repeatedly predicting Trump’s downfall over the past three years. “Boom!” he’d tweet at every leak and pseudo-revelation from the Mueller probe, often with an image of a cannon going off, as if to suggest that this bombshell would finally take...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. "To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. FBI HAS OPENED 300 'DOMESTIC TERROR' INVESTIGATIONS AS A RESULT OF RIOTS, ATTORNEY TELLS CAPITOL HEARING ON ANTIFA ...
    TikTok says it has updated its policies to curb misinformation on its video-sharing app ahead of the US election in November.  The app, which has come under fire by the Trump administration over national security concerns due to its Chinese ownership, said it was working with experts from the Department of Homeland Security to 'protect against foreign influence'.  The social media app announced the policy changes in a blog post on Wednesday.   TikTok said it would expand partnerships with PolitiFact and Lead Stories to fact-check potential misinformation about the election.  It will also allow users to report vote-related misinformation on the app. TikTok, which has come under fire by the Trump administration over national security concerns due to its...
    Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks during a press conference on the actions taken by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security agents in Portland during continued protests at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum | Getty Images Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars' worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department.  Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took leadership roles with DHS under President Donald Trump. Wolf served as the acting chief...
    To dilute militaristic optics, acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said the remaining federal agents in Portland, Oregon, will transition away from their camouflage uniforms. Cuccinelli was one of several department officials who testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to discuss the federal response to protests that escalated in Portland over the last few months. He wrote in a prepared testimony that DHS law enforcement officers interacting with crowds are identifiable by both their agency and their individual identity. "They are in their respective uniform, with appropriate insignia — to include the words 'POLICE' as well identifying the agency for which they work," Cuccinelli wrote. He added that names of agents are...
    Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the remaining federal agents in Portland, Ore., would be transitioning away from the camouflage military-style uniforms they have been wearing. Cuccinelli, the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), testified in front of a Judiciary subcommittee along with several other officials and public figures at a hearing focused on the federal response to the Black Lives Matter protests that have dominated Portland's downtown area for the past couple months. “To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for...
    By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A judge correctly struck down a new Department of Homeland Security rule that went into effect earlier this year denying green cards to legal immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, an appeals court said Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an October ruling by Judge George B. Daniels but only let it apply to New York, Vermont and Connecticut, conforming with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that let the rule take effect in February. The appeals court said the rule has already had an irreparable chilling effect on non-citizen use of public benefits. The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged that the...
    The federal agency in charge of H-1B visa applications, U.S. Homeland Security, will for the first time start sharing suspected labor-law violations with the federal Labor Department, so the department can use a dormant power to launch its own workplace investigations, officials said. For 15 years, U.S. labor secretaries have had the power to initiate an investigation into use of the H-1B, but “that authority has never been used,” U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia told President Donald Trump in a White House meeting Monday. Under a memorandum of agreement between Homeland Security and the Labor Department, Homeland Security, through its agency U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “will refer suspected employer violations within the H-1B program to the Department of Labor,”...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge correctly struck down a new Department of Homeland Security rule that went into effect earlier this year denying green cards to legal immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, an appeals court said Tuesday. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an October ruling by Judge George B. Daniels but only let it apply to New York, Vermont and Connecticut, conforming with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that let the rule take effect in February. The appeals court said the rule has already had an irreparable chilling effect on non-citizen use of public benefits. The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged that the rule will likely result in...
    Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse approves amendments to rein in federal forces in cities House Democrats backtrack, will pull Homeland Security bill On The Money: GOP mulls short-term unemployment extension | White House, Senate GOP strike deal on B for coronavirus testing MORE (D-Wisc.), the co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus, on Monday blasted reports that acting Deputy Homeland Security Director Ken Cuccinelli had pushed for reduced internal DHS oversight, calling the move “fascist.” “The fact that someone with the title of ‘Sr. Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary for the Dept. of Homeland Security’ is allowed to do anything—let alone rubberstamp the surveillance of protesters & journalists—seems a bit...fascist?” Pocan tweeted, referencing Cuccinelli’s lack of Senate confirmation....
    Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. (Google Maps Street View Image) Brian Murphy, who oversaw the intelligence division as the undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, will be reassigned to an unknown position after collecting information on two reporters. The two reporters in question are Mike Baker, a New York Times reporter and Benjamin Wittes, the editor-in-chief of the blog Lawfare and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  READ MORE: Portland protesters file lawsuit against U.S. government Wittes is responsible for publishing leaks regarding the unrest in Portland, Oregon. The relevant documents were not classified by the government. Lower level officials carried out Murphy’s order to gather and share information on...
    A top official at the Department of Homeland Security was removed from his post amid reporting that he compiled "intelligence reports" about journalists and protesters in Portland, Oregon. A person familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News that the acting Homeland Security Secretary decided to remove Brian Murphy, the acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, and reassign him elsewhere in the department. Murphy's reassignment was first reported by The Washington Post. The Post reported on Thursday that the department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis disseminated three Open Source Intelligence Reports summarizing tweets written by two journalists, saying they had published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland.  Intelligence reports about the journalists' work appeared to justify collecting the...
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Friday that it has ordered agents to stop compiling and circulating “intelligence reports” on journalists. The move came a day after The Washington Post reported that a DHS office had created three reports on two journalists covering demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, that were distributed to federal law enforcement agencies. The reports, compiled by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, noted that the journalists had published leaked, unclassified documents about the deployment of federal agents to protests in Portland. The office is tasked with integrating DHS intelligence and distributing information to state and local authorities, as well as private partners. In a statement, the Intelligence Office said that Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf...
    Application fees for the H-1B visa will jump 21%, and companies heavily reliant on the controversial visa will be hit with a new fee for extensions, under a regulation to take effect in October. The basic visa fee will rise to $555 from $460, according to the final version of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation to be officially published Monday. The new rule also targets employers having at least 50 workers, and 50% or more of their workforce on the H-1B or on the L visa for company transfers. Currently, under a 2015 law, such companies pay a special fee of $4,000 for a new H-1B or $4,500 for a new L visa. The pending rule extends those...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, knowns as "Dreamers," now face a new hurdle in their efforts to build thier lives in America as the Trump Administration shakes up a program aimed at protecting those who came to the U.S. as children.Just a little more than a month after the Supreme Court ruled that the administration's attempt to kill the DACA program was not done properly, the Department of Homeland Security has said it will, for now, reject all pending and new applications to the program"We knew that it was temporary because it left the door open to exactly this kind of action," said Vanessa Esparza-Lopez with the National Immigrant Justice Center.In a memo released Tuesday,...
    (CNN)For some of the people arrested on protest-related charges by federal authorities in Oregon, their conditions for release include an order that they may not participate in any protests, demonstrations, or rallies, a review of court records shows.After reviewing federal cases between July 23 and July 27, CNN found that at least nine out of 21 defendants arrested for either failing to obey a lawful order or assaulting a federal officer were released on the condition they "not attend any other protests, rallies, assemblies or public gatherings in the state of Oregon," several release documents said.The wording varied slightly from order to order, however. One order only restricted the defendant from protests in Portland and another order forbid attending any...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal troops will begin a phased withdrawal from downtown Portland, ceding some security functions to Oregon state troopers and local law enforcement after two months of protests, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Oregon Governor Kate Brown said on Wednesday. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said he and Brown agreed to a plan after talks over the last 24 hours. "That plan includes a robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland," he said in a statement. "State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack for the past two months." (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Edited by Lisa Lambert) Copyright 2020 Thomson...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration has reached an agreement with Oregon's Democratic governor to withdraw federal officers from downtown Portland, though the Department of Homeland Security says it will maintain a presence in the city for the time being.The decision to send federal agents into Portland earlier this month escalated tensions in the city, which has seen prolonged and at times violent protests for the past two months over demands for racial justice and police accountability. President Donald Trump and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf have said the federal officers were there to protect a federal courthouse in the city's downtown that has been a focal point for protesters, but the officers have also clashed with demonstrators.Wolf said late Wednesday...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated during an Instagram Live video on Tuesday that “it doesn’t make sense” that federal agencies that are charged with protecting the American homeland would be structured under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “And, by the way, ICE as an agency, as a structure, should not exist,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “DHS as an agency, the way it is currently organized, someone tell me why it makes sense, why FEMA and CBP and ICE and the Coast Guard should all be part of the same agency. It doesn’t make sense and, in fact, it’s incredibly dangerous when it’s structured that way.” “And so what’s happening is that, um, billions and billions of dollars have gone to ICE...
    By LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday she had received confirmation that U.S. agents had left the area after being sent to Seattle last week to protect federal buildings amid lingering unrest over the police killing of George Floyd. Durkan, Gov. Jay Inslee and other local leaders said in a joint news release that the Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit had demobilized. Durkan, Inslee and others had expressed concerns over the deployment of federal forces to Washington state without consulting or seeking consent from local officials. On Friday they sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Brian Moran, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. department of Homeland Security seeking...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday she had received confirmation that U.S. agents had left the area after being sent to Seattle last week to protect federal buildings amid lingering unrest over the police killing of George Floyd. Durkan, Gov. Jay Inslee and other local leaders said in a joint news release that the Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit had demobilized. Durkan, Inslee and others had expressed concerns over the deployment of federal forces to Washington state without consulting or seeking consent from local officials. On Friday they sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Brian Moran, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. department of Homeland Security seeking clarification on the...
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Tuesday that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents have seized more than 900 shipments of counterfeit or substandard medical equipment and supplies -- including test kits and purported treatments for COVID-19. The agency made the announcement to mark 100 days since the April launch of Operation Stolen Promise, meant to "protect the Homeland from the increasing and evolving threat posed by COVID-19-related fraud and criminal activity." SENS. GRASSLEY AND MCSALLY: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS ACCELERATED NEED TO CUT DRUG PRICES In addition to the seizure of hundreds of shipments, HSI said its agents had initiated 570 criminal investigations and made 53 arrests. Agents have also seized more than $7 million in "illicit proceeds," including $2.2 million obtained through fraud related...
    (CNN)The Trump administration will not accept new applications for the Obama-era program that shields from deportation certain undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and will limit renewals to one year instead of two.Read the Department of Homeland Security memo here:DHS-Memo-DACA-Rules (PDF)DHS-Memo-DACA-Rules (Text)
    House Democrats will pull the Homeland Security spending bill from a seven-bill spending package to be considered on the floor this week. The decision to include the controversial bill in the first place was seen as a sign of confidence that clashes between the party's centrists and progressives could be avoided.  But progressives have come out in strong criticism of the bill, and centrists facing tough reelection races have grown concerned that a vote on the bill would haunt them come November.  "Frontline members raised serious concerns that the Homeland bill was a tough vote in swing districts because of its progressive provisions," a Democratic House aide said. "At the end of the day, frontliners are our majority makers and...
    Reuters July 28, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is stalling its response to congressional committee requests for details on how the department is surveilling protests at federal buildings in Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere, three Capitol Hill sources said. Both the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee and its Democratic-controlled House of Representatives counterpart have asked for copies of anything related to anti-racism and anti-police violence protests generated by the department’s Intelligence and Analysis unit, known as I&A, the sources said. The House intelligence committee chair, Representative Adam Schiff, last week asked acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to turn over by last Friday “unredacted copies of all documents, communications or other materials … regarding any Department intelligence...
    Democratic Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler is demanding a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security. What are the details? In a Monday night tweet, Wheeler said that both he and Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty were seeking a meeting with acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf about the ever-deteriorating conditions across the city. He wrote, "Commissioner @JoAnnPDX and I are calling for an immediate meeting with Department of Homeland Security leadership on the ground in Portland and with Acting Secretary @DHS_Wolf to discuss a cease-fire and the removal of heightened federal forces from Portland." Commissioner @JoAnnPDX and I are calling for an immediate meeting with Department of Homeland Security leadership o… https://t.co/LzdbafvobN — Mayor...
    Federal agents tasked with investigating coronavirus-related imports have disrupted more than $17 million in transactions for prohibited or counterfeit medical items they say could have harmed the public. Homeland Security Investigations, an office within the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced Tuesday in a Senate hearing that just over 900 foreign shipments have been blocked from entering the United States as part of Operation Stolen Promise. The operation was launched 100 days ago in an effort to go after transnational criminals trying to profit from selling bogus or illegitimate personal protective equipment and pharmaceuticals amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Although there are no approved treatments for COVID-19, that isn’t stopping fraudsters from illegally trying to sell these...
    Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is planning to keep federal agents in Portland, Oregon, through at least mid-October, according to an internal email obtained by CNN. Portland has been the site of ongoing protests for more than 50 days that have turned violent, sparking outrage among local officials who have faulted the federal presence for aggravating the situation on the ground. But as protests persist, Customs and Border Protection -- part of the Department of Homeland Security -- is laying the groundwork for continued presence in the city on a rotational basis to relieve those agents who have been in Portland and who may be deployed in the near future. The CBP email shows Border Patrol offices being asked for teams...
    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler backed away Monday from a pledge he made on July 16 not to meet with representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, which deployed officers to the city to protect the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Originally, Wheeler said: “A number of people have asked if I know DHS leadership is in town, and if I’m going to meet with them. We’re aware that they’re here. We wish they weren’t. We haven’t been invited to meet with them, and if we were , we would decline.” A number of people have asked if I know DHS leadership is in town, and if I’m going to meet with them. We’re aware that they’re here. We wish they weren’t....
    People being taken into unmarked vans by masked strangers and driven away without any explanation is something that most, if not all, people would agree is scary and unlawful. It seems like a crime that the police or government officials would be trying to investigate and stop. However, this is exactly what is going on in Portland at the hands of Trump and federal agents. Recently, there have been many videos showing police escalating peaceful BLM protests and assaulting protestors. Officers have used teargas, mace, animals, excessive force, and rubber bullets to severely harm innocent people who are protesting against this kind of brutality. Now, things are getting even worse and more violent. After President Trump signed an executive...
    Critics assailing the Department of Homeland Security for “over-stepping their bounds” in Portland have it 100 percent wrong. The department is in the right. Further, its actions thus far should just be the first step in disrupting the organized violence aimed at intimidating public officials, injuring law enforcement officers, destroying public and private property and making our streets less safe. Let’s be clear. We are not talking about “peaceful protests.” What is going on in Portland, as well as Seattle and some other is an array of criminal activity: rioting, looting, arson, assaulting law enforcement officers and more. This is flat out criminal activity. RIFLE AMMUNITION, MOLOTOV COCKTAILS FOUND BY PORTLAND POLICE RESPONDING TO SHOOTING And it is not all...
    A Somerset County man admitted Monday that he stole 300 iPhones seized by federal immigration authorities by stuffing them in his pants, boots and jacket over the course of a month or so. Joel Cruz, 27, of Franklin Park, was working for a government subcontractor hired to manage property seized by Customs and Border Protection agents that was being stored in a warehouse in the Dayton section of South Brunswick. CBP agents had sent 628 phones bound for Dubai to the warehouse after seizing them at Boston Logan International Airport, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Cruz “scanned the location of the seized boxes inside the warehouse and stole 292 iPhones worth $218,372,” Carpenito said. “He removed the iPhones from the...
    THE Trump Administration is sending 100 more federal agents to Portland to combat nightly violence and Homeland Security may add 50 of its own. An internal US Marshals Service email, obtained by The Washington Post, confirmed the number of officers being deployed to the city. 3 Trump is sending more federal agents to PortlandCredit: EPA The Department of Homeland Security is also considering adding 50 of it's own US Customs and Border Protection personnel, according to the outlet. The move would double the amount of federal agents in the city - in mid-July there were only 114. Black Lives Matter protests in Portland have been ongoing for more than 50 straight days. Last week Donald Trump sent the first batch of federal agents...
    Washington, D.C. (CNN)Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday that the presence of federal authorities in Portland, Oregon, as protests continue in the city is "not consistent" with the Department of Homeland Security's mission. Ridge, a Republican who was the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the first words of the department's vision statement that he helped establish are "preserving our freedoms.""When they appear to be quasi-military rather than law enforcement, I think it's like pouring a little bit of gasoline on the fire," Ridge told CNN."Preserving the right to dissent is something very important," he said, though he noted that "you can't justify the violence" that has accompanied the protests.Ridge's comments come as violent crackdowns...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Department of Homeland Security is in the very early stages of plans to build an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Dwight, Illinois, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago. According to a letter obtained by CBS 2, the Department of Homeland Security is preparing an environmental assessment for a proposed contract to build a privately owned and operated ICE detention facility in Livingston County, for detainees facing deportation proceedings. Dwight Village Manager Jared Anderson confirmed the village has been seeking to be home to the facility, which would be built on a 40-acre farm field on the west side of town, just east of Interstate 55. According to the Homeland Security letter obtained by...
    Protesters in Alexandria, Virginia in front of the home of acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf on July 26. (WTOP/Andrea Cambron) A crowd gathered outside the home of Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, in Alexandria, Virginia, on Sunday afternoon to protest the recent controversial detention of protesters in Portland, Oregon. The group also continued to shed light on police use of force in the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and the way other minority communities have been treated by authorities. ShutDownDC organized the protest on Facebook. The group considers Wolf responsible for unidentified federal agents forcefully detaining protesters and using chemical deterrents like pepper spray and tear gas to disperse crowds. Protesters...
    Anti-police protesters plan to march to the Virginia home of Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to demand the removal of federal agents from Portland, Oregon, and other cities. ‘As part of a national call to action we're calling for a march and rally at Chad Wolf's house in Alexandria, Virginia on Sunday, July 26th at 10am to demand that Trump's troops be removed from every city,’ read the notice from ShutDown DC. ‘Please meet us at Preston Rd and Valley Drive. We're calling for ICE to be abolished. ‘We're calling for every person detained by CBP to be freed.’ Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is pictured above at the White...
    Reuters July 25, 2020 0 Comments New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may seek damages after the Trump administration admitted making false statements in a U.S. lawsuit over New Yorkers being barred from a program that allows the use of expedited lanes at U.S. airports. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan admitted late Thursday it had made inaccurate statements in a lawsuit brought by New York state over the Trusted Traveler program. It said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would immediately lift the ban. “I believe there are civil damages that New York State is owed and we’ll be pursuing possible claims for that,” Cuomo said. “It was a clear abuse of government power for political purposes.”...
    U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman on Friday denied a motion by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to sue the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of protesters in Portland. Mosman ruled that Rosenblum fell short in proving the interests of the state of Oregon aligned with those of its residents. He also said the state leaned on arguments about possible risks that faced Oregonians that were “purely hypothetical.” Rosenblum argued that federal law enforcement officials continued to violate the constitutional rights of protesters by grabbing them off the streets. The judge ruled that two examples of federal officers acting improperly werent enough to allow the state attorneys motion to stand. "The State has presented just one example of an arrest without probable cause and...
    A protest group is calling on demonstrators to march on the Virginia residence of acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf this weekend. According to an email sent to activists from ShutdownDC, demonstrators want to gather Sunday morning and demand President Trump’s federal agents to “be removed from every city,” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be abolished, and for every person detained by Customs and Border Protection to be released. Wolf is helping to spearhead the administration’s efforts to quell the violence in several cities across the country where riots have erupted, particularly on federal property. Actions to protect federal property in cities such as Chicago and Portland, Oregon, have resulted in violent face-offs with...
    By Jonathan Allen and David Shepardson (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may seek damages after the Trump administration admitted making false statements in a U.S. lawsuit over New Yorkers being barred from a program that allows the use of expedited lanes at U.S. airports. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan admitted late Thursday it had made inaccurate statements in a lawsuit brought by New York state over the Trusted Traveler program. It said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would immediately lift the ban. "I believe there are civil damages that New York State is owed and we'll be pursuing possible claims for that," Cuomo said. "It was a clear abuse of government power for political...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Charles Schumer are calling for an investigation after the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it was lifting the ban on the Trusted Traveler program for New York residents due to "inaccurate and misleading claims" officials from the department made to justify the program.The February ban was in response to a New York immigration law that prevented the sharing of information to federal law enforcement officers."What happened yesterday is they got caught," Cuomo said. "They got caught. That's what happened yesterday."He called it "political extortion" to use the so-called Green Light law that limits information sharing with federal immigration authorities as justification for the now-abandoned move.Cuomo said 15 other...
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    Something dangerous is taking shape within the Department of Homeland Security. We got our first glimpse of it last week in Oregon, when unidentified federal agents clad in camouflage and tactical gear descended on Portland, beat and tear-gassed protesters and pulled others into unmarked vehicles for arrest and questioning. Apparently cobbled together using personnel from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard, these “rapid deployment teams” are formally tasked with securing federal buildings from graffiti and vandalism in tandem with the Federal Protective Service, which is ordinarily responsible for the job. But they’re being used to suppress protests in what appears to be an election year gambit by the Trump administration...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Three Illinois congressmen are sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, outlining their expectations for federal agents being deployed to Chicago. U.S. Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Danny Davis, and Bobby Rush – all Democrats – are asking for some assurances from the Trump administration that federal law enforcement will coordinate with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker. The congressmen also want guarantees agents deployed to Chicago will wear uniforms and use clearly marked vehicles. President Donald Trump earlier this week announced his plan to send “hundreds” of federal agents to fight crime in Chicago, insisting it’s the only way to calm recent violence. Krishnamoorthi said he and his fellow congressmen sent their letter to...
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as a daycare center to encourage the FBI and CIA to play nice and share terrorism intelligence with each other instead of hoarding it. But Homeland Security has a new focus these days under President Donald Trump. Formally, the new role is to guard federal property, such as statues and courthouses, from protesters. In practice, it means grabbing American citizens off the street and shoving them into unmarked vans. Outfitted in what looks like surplus gear from a Pentagon spending spree, the estimated 2,000 officers from a patchwork of agencies — the Coast Guard, the Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection,...
    New Yorkers will again be allowed access to federal travel programs after the Trump administration earlier restricted their access, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security in February barred New Yorkers from the federal Global Entry and Trusted Traveler programs, citing a state law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. While that law remains on the books, New York lawmakers amended it in April to allow federal officials to access the driving records of applicants to the programs, The Associated Press reported. "I am glad that this issue has finally been resolved for all New Yorkers,” Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoRand Paul calls for Cuomo to be impeached over coronavirus response Visitors from 31 states now...
    ACTING head of Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, claimed federal agents have "the right" to proactively arrest individuals and defended the deployment of agents to Portland, Oregon. On Tuesday, Wolf said in a press conference that the department "will support and protect those who want to peacefully protest." 4 Acting head of Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, claimed federal agents have "the right" to proactively arrest individualsCredit: Getty Images - Getty He added that the protests happening in Portland are not peaceful. They are "organized and they have one mission in mind: to burn down or cause extreme damage to the federal courthouse and to law enforcement officers," he also said. 4 Wolf said that the protests happening...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he would be comfortable sending son, grandchildren to school in person Cafeteria worker on White House grounds tests positive for COVID-19: reports Republicans to start unveiling coronavirus package Thursday MORE on Thursday lashed out at former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge for criticizing his decision to send federal agents to Chicago and other cities, calling him a “Republican in Name Only.” “Recently watched failed RINO Tom Ridge, former head of Homeland Security, trying to justify his sudden love of the Radical Left Mayor of Portland, who last night was booed & shouted out of existence by the agitators & anarchists,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Love watching pathetic Never Trumpers squirm!” Trump continued. Ridge has...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Over 100 federal officers with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have been sent to Portland, Oregon, in recent days. That has brought protest from many, including a number of mayors like Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who said on Wednesday that he’d fight in court any such effort to send federal agents here. Now the nation’s first secretary of homeland security, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge, says he’d likely resign rather than use DHS forces in this way. Violence in Portland, often directed against their federal buildings, has sparked controversy on the use of federal Homeland Security forces over the strong objections of the city’s mayor and the state’s governor. “These police officers are not stormtroopers. They...
    Donald Trump announced he was sending 'hundreds' of federal agents into Chicago and other cities to combat street violence – including an influx of a controversial Homeland Security Unit that has been deployed in Portland.  Following a spate of gun violence in Chicago, plus clashes between federal agents and protesters that has stretched on for weeks in Portland, Trump said Wednesday he ordered an 'immediate surge' of agents into the city. 'The FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshalls Service and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime,' Trump said. 'What cities are doing is absolute insanity,' Trump said, blasting calls to defund police departments, as he staged...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law and order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation in the lead-up to the November elections.His plan to deploy federal agents to Chicago and perhaps other Democratic-run cities where violence is spiking represents Trump's latest effort to use an agency that was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to thwart terrorists to instead supplement local law enforcement in ways that bolster his reelection chances.Trump has already deployed Homeland Security agents to Portland, Oregon, on the grounds of protecting federal buildings from protesters, drawing intense criticism from local leaders who say the federal...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law and order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation in the lead-up to the November elections.His plan to deploy federal agents to Chicago and perhaps other Democratic-run cities where violence is spiking represents Trump's latest effort to use an agency that was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to thwart terrorists to instead supplement local law enforcement in ways that bolster his reelection chances.Trump has already deployed Homeland Security agents to Portland, Oregon, on the grounds of protecting federal buildings from protesters, drawing intense criticism from local leaders who say the federal...
    The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) on Wednesday called on Democratic House leadership to pull the controversial Homeland Security appropriations bill from consideration on the House floor next week. "Without the inclusion of additional necessary reforms, we believe that the Democratic Leadership should not attempt to pass Homeland Security funding by tying it to essential coronavirus research, education, and housing funding,” CPC co-chairs Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (D-Wash.) and Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse passes defense...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law and order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation in the lead-up to the November elections.His plan to deploy federal agents to Chicago and perhaps other Democratic-run cities where violence is spiking represents Trump's latest effort to use an agency that was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to thwart terrorists to instead supplement local law enforcement in ways that bolster his reelection chances.Trump has already deployed Homeland Security agents to Portland, Oregon, on the grounds of protecting federal buildings from protesters, drawing intense criticism from local leaders who say the federal...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter to New York State Attorney General Letitia James and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to formally say that the presence of federal agents is not welcome in New York City.  “What we see happening in Portland, Oregon is blatantly unconstitutional,” de Blasio told reporters on Wednesday. “We cannot allow that to happen in New York City.”  The letter comes a day after Mayor de Blasio threatened to take the Trump administration to court if the president deployed federal agents to police New York City. On Monday, President Trump defended the use...
    THE Department of Homeland Security will collect information about protesters who threaten or destroy statues and monuments, according to a report. Per The Washington Post, Homeland Security has given its employees authorization to gather the information about protesters, even if they’re not on federal property. 5 Homeland Security personnel have been given the authorization to collect information on protesters who threaten to tear down statuesCredit: AP:Associated Press The new guidance was described as “job aid” for employees in connection with an executive order that President Donald Trump signed in June that targets demonstrators who threaten to take down Confederate statues. As noted by the Post, Homeland Security has helped protest American symbols before — like the Statue of Liberty —...
    Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania (R) and the country's first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, asserted that the department—established in late 2002—was not created "to be the President's personal militia." The DHS has garnered attention recently amid ongoing actions against "Black Lives Matter" protestors in Portland. The Trump administration deployed federal officers to the city in late June to protect federal property, a move that has generated a wave of backlash from Democrats, advocates and some Republicans.  "The department was established to protect America from the ever-present threat of global terrorism," Ridge told radio host Michael SmerconishMichael SmerconishKlobuchar to be next guest on Biden's podcast Cash assistance for Americans gains steam as coronavirus roils economy Matt Gaetz to Kellyanne Conway...
    Heather Digby Parton July 22, 2020 12:58PM (UTC) It seems like only yesterday that Republicans were wringing their hands and rending their garments over federal officers attempting to arrest a large group of armed militia members who had taken over a federal building in Oregon and were refusing to leave. (The 2016 "Oregon standoff" is the subject of Anthony McCann's fascinating book "Shadowlands.") They were led by Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who triggered an earlier standoff with government forces in 2014, and they said they were planning to occupy the building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge "for years" as a protest against the conviction of two local ranchers who had been found guilty of arson for setting fire to government land....
    Reuters July 22, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection arm confirmed on Tuesday it has deployed officers from three paramilitary-style units to join a federal crackdown on protests against police violence in Portland, Oregon. “We have agents and officers from our special operations groups deployed,” a CBP official said in an email. The official did not respond to questions about the number of officers deployed. Multiple videos posted online showed camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to transport arrested protesters, tactics that civil-rights advocates said could violate protesters’ right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. President Donald Trump, who has been sliding...
    By COLLEEN LONG, BEN FOX and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law and order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation in the lead-up to the November elections. His plan to deploy federal agents to Chicago and perhaps other Democratic-run cities where violence is spiking represents Trump's latest effort to use an agency that was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to thwart terrorists to instead supplement local law enforcement in ways that bolster his reelection chances. Trump has already deployed Homeland Security agents to Portland, Oregon, on the grounds of protecting federal...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law and order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation in the lead-up to the November elections. His plan to deploy federal agents to Chicago and perhaps other Democratic-run cities where violence is spiking represents Trump’s latest effort to use an agency that was created after the Sept. 11 attacks to thwart terrorists to instead supplement local law enforcement in ways that bolster his reelection chances. Trump has already deployed Homeland Security agents to Portland, Oregon, on the grounds of protecting federal buildings from protesters, drawing intense criticism from local leaders who...
    Appearing on Fox News Tuesday night, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf — who has not been confirmed to his position by the Senate — made a damning admission about his department’s conduct in Portland. Federal officials in Portland have prompted a fierce backlash for aggressive and legally dubious tactics against protesters in the city. Local officials have demanded that the federal officials, some of them using unmarked vehicles and wearing camouflage without identifying insignia, leave and let police handle law enforcement. But President Donald Trump and Wolf seem intent on using the Homeland Security forces to intimidate, rough up, and apprehend protesters to make the federal government appear tough. And while he was speaking to Fox Host Martha MacCallum...
    Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf refuted criticism from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Tuesday that "Homeland Security agents" are "brutally attacking peaceful protesters" without "a clearly defined mandate or authority" in Portland. "I would say that's an absolutely absurd statement," Wolf said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" regarding Biden's criticism. "We have clear authority. We outline that on several occasions, Federal Protective Service, part of the Department of Homeland Security, protects over 9,000, almost 9,000 federal facilities across the country. They do that in Portland." ACTING DHS SECRETARY HITS BACK AT PORTLAND MAYOR'S 'COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE' CLAIMS THAT FEDS ARE 'ESCALATING' UNREST Portland has been hit by at-times violent protests for 52 days in the wake...
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfTrump threatens to double down on Portland in other major cities Fox's Napolitano rips 'unconstitutional' Trump crackdown on Portland: 'Just plain wrong' Acting DHS secretary: I don't need 'invitation' from Portland to deploy officers MORE said federal agents in Portland “will not retreat” as law enforcement grapples with demonstrations and violent protests in Oregon’s biggest city.  At a press conference Tuesday, Wolf staunchly defended the Department of Homeland Security’s mission in Portland amid criticism over reports of officers in unmarked vehicles arresting demonstrators without identifying themselves. “What is occurring in Portland in the early hours of every morning is not peaceful protesting,” Wolf said. “We have been forced, because of local law enforcement presence, to...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal border agents who have cracked down on people in Portland protesting against police brutality and systemic racism, claiming they are making lawful arrests and are properly identifying themselves as law enforcement. "We are only targeting and arresting those who have been identified as committing crime," Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said at a press conference, noting that "all officers are identified as police law enforcement officers." (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; additional reporting by Tim Ahmann, Eric Beech and David Brunnstrom; editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection arm confirmed on Tuesday it has deployed officers from three paramilitary-style units to join a federal crackdown on protests against police violence in Portland, Oregon. "We have agents and officers from our special operations groups deployed," a CBP official said in an email. The official did not respond to questions about the number of officers deployed. Multiple videos posted online showed camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to transport arrested protesters, tactics that civil-rights advocates said could violate protesters' right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. President Donald Trump, who has been sliding in...
    Something dangerous is taking shape within the Department of Homeland Security. We got our first glimpse of it last week in Oregon, when unidentified federal agents clad in camouflage and tactical gear descended on Portland, beat and tear-gassed protesters and pulled others into unmarked vehicles for arrest and questioning. Apparently cobbled together using personnel from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard, these “rapid deployment teams” are formally tasked with securing federal buildings from graffiti and vandalism in tandem with the Federal Protective Agency, which is ordinarily responsible for the job. But they’re being used to suppress protests in what appears to be an election year gambit by the Trump administration...
    House Democrats are set to bring a controversial Homeland Security appropriations bill to the floor next week that will include border wall and immigration enforcement, among other issues, The Hill reports. The bill was left out of consideration last year, and up until last week was expected to fall by the wayside again, The Hill noted. That was until several progressive amendments made their way into the spending bill and set the stage for the DHS considerations as well. The decision doesnt sit well with the the four progressive House members known as "the squad": Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota,, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan. The four have vowed to vote against any bill that...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump is again wielding a federal law enforcement department established in the wake of 9/11 in his political battle against Democratic cities.Over recent days, senior Department of Homeland Security officials have taken to the airwaves and social media to amplify the President's message of law and order, using Portland, Oregon, where protests over racial inequality and police brutality persist, as an example. In a string of tweets Monday, acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli retweeted videos and images of Portland, dubbing the unfolding situation "terrorism" and projecting a message of instability. And acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a Fox News interview that the department will intervene as it sees fit. But in a city...
    The House will bring the controversial Homeland Security appropriations bill to the floor as part of a seven-bill appropriations next week. The bill, which addresses hot-button issues such as the border wall and immigration enforcement, was one of two not to be considered last year alongside the Legislative branch bill. The package will total $1.367 trillion in spending and include the bills on Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, Energy and Water Development, Financial Service and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development. DEVELOPING Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ayanna Pressley Rashida Tlaib Nancy Pelosi Steny Hoyer Ilhan Omar
    The House will not consider the controversial Homeland Security appropriations bill on the floor for the second year in a row in an effort to keep internal divisions from public display. The bill, which addresses hot-button issues such as the border wall and immigration enforcement, was left out of a seven-bill spending package that will be considered next week. Last week, a group of four progressives known as "the squad" – Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarCivil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies The Hill's Campaign Report: Cook shifts 20 House races toward Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Public debate on face masks ramps up MORE (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Muted conventions may scramble 2020 race...
    Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), part of United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is planning a mission for 150 federal agents to assist other federal law enforcement efforts in Chicago, where homicide rates have soared. “So far in 2020, Chicago has experienced one of its most violent years in recent memory, especially since late May with the fallout over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minnesota,” the Chicago Tribune reported near the end of its article on the development. “Through July 12, homicides in Chicago were up 48 percent with 385, compared to 260 at the same time last year, official CPD statistics show,” the Tribune reported. “Shootings were also...
    By Steve Holland and Lisa Lambert | Reuters WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday said he would send law enforcement to more U.S. cities, as a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests in Oregon with unmarked cars and unidentified forces in camouflage angered people across the country. Trump, a Republican, cited New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland as places to send federal agents, noting the cities’ mayors were “liberal Democrats.” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot frequently blasts Trump on Twitter. “We’re sending law enforcement,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We can’t let this happen to the cities.” State and local leaders in Oregon, as well as members of Congress, have called for Trump to remove Department...
    Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-Afghan deal passes key deadline, but peace elusive GOP lawmakers push amendment to rescind authority for troops in Afghanistan House GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday spoke out against federal officers “rounding people up at will” in Portland, Ore., saying the handling of unrest there should be left to local law enforcement. “We cannot give up liberty for security. Local law enforcement can and should be handling these situations in our cities but there is no place for federal troops or unidentified federal agents rounding people up at will,” Paul tweeted Monday. The senator linked to a post on the conservative blog HotAir about reports of protesters in Portland being detained...
    By Gillian Flaccus | Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — With unrest continuing, the federal government is coming under increasing scrutiny for the activities of agents trying to clamp down on protests in Oregon’s largest city — demonstrations that President Donald Trump says are led by “anarchists and agitators.” Protesters outside Portland’s U.S. courthouse set a fire in the building’s entryway early Monday, part of yet another night of conflict with federal agents who repeatedly tear-gassed the demonstrators to drive them away, officials said. The latest unrest happened as local and state leaders expressed anger with the presence of the federal agents, saying the city’s protests had started to ease just as the federal agents started taking action on the...
    Federal agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security face federal investigation after a series of arrests this week in Portland. "Based on news accounts circulating that allege federal law enforcement detained two protesters without probable cause, I have requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General to open a separate investigation directed specifically at the actions of DHS personnel," Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said in a statement. The announcement follows a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting that federal agents from the U.S. Marshals Service and Customs and Border Protection were detaining individuals in unmarked vehicles. A ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Simon made Friday has allowed the American Civil Liberties Union...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY DOINA CHIACU AND DEBORAH BLOOM U.S. Homeland Security officials said on Monday they had no intention of pulling back in Portland, Oregon, after a federal crackdown on anti-racism protests that included the use of unmarked cars and unidentified officers in camouflage. Weeks of protests in Portland over police brutality and systemic racism intensified as federal officers began cracking down on crowds last week, using tear gas to disperse protesters and taking some into custody without explanation. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent law enforcement units to Portland to help guard U.S. government facilities after receiving intelligence about planned attacks...