Trump To Send Federal Agents To Chicago, Maybe Other Cities

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Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters hold their phones aloft on Monday, July 20, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Federal officers’ actions at protests in Oregon’s largest city, hailed by President Donald Trump but done without local consent, are raising the prospect of a constitutional crisis — one that could escalate as weeks of demonstrations find renewed focus in clashes with camouflaged, unidentified agents outside Portland’s U.S. courthouse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways.

DHS is slated to send about 150 Homeland Security Investigations agents to Chicago to help local law enforcement deal with a spike in crime, according to an official with direct knowledge of the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

The agents, which are generally used to conduct investigations into human trafficking, drugs and weapons smuggling, were expected to stay in Chicago at least two months, according to the official. It’s not clear exactly how they will back up local law enforcement or when they will arrive, but they will make arrests for federal crimes, not local ones.

It’s possible they may be deployed to other locations as well.

A spokesman for Homeland Security said the department does not comment on “allegedly leaked operations.”

In a tweet Sunday, Trump blamed local leaders for violence in Chicago and other cities.

“The Radical Left Democrats, who totally control Biden, will destroy our Country as we know it. Unimaginably bad things would happen to America,” Trump tweeted, referring to his likely Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. “Look at Portland, where the pols are just fine with 50 days of anarchy. We sent in help. Look at New York, Chicago, Philadelphia. NO!”

The move is Trump’s latest effort to use an agency — created after the Sept. 11 attacks to protect the country from terrorists threats — to supplement local law enforcement in ways that have alarmed critics. Trump has already deployed agents to Portland under the mantle of protecting federal buildings from protesters, drawing intense criticism from local leaders who say they have only exacerbated tensions.

Homeland Security agents have also been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border along with national guard troops during the crisis there.

But with the border largely shuttered because of the coronavirus and the number of illegal crossings plummeting, Trump has now turned the department onto what he sees as a threat within the U.S. and one that similarly plays to his base: Violence following police reform protests that have rocked the nation since the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.

In June, federal authorities in riot gear used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds from Lafayette Square so the president could walk across the plaza and shoot a photo with a Bible outside a church. That land is federal property. But Portland and Chicago are not, though agents are supposed to be guarding federal buildings and other federal property.

In Chicago, the president of the local police officer’s union wrote Trump a letter asking “for help from the federal government” to help combat gun violence. The city has seen 414 homicides this year, compared with 275 during the same period last year, and a spate of shootings in recent weeks as cities around the country have seen an uptick in violence.

But Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said she does not want want Trump to send agents to Chicago.

In Kansas City about two weeks ago, the Trump administration sent more than 100 federal law enforcement officers to help quell a rise in violence after the shooting death of a young boy there.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. is this guy trying to win the election?…I don’t think so…these acts cut against the very fabric of our form of government (what happened to Federalism) and will not attract a single vote that this cholerchde shtik drek already doesnt have

    • See, “the very fabric of our form of government” is that rioters and looters and secessionists and so forth are not to be given free rein to terrorize the citizenry. (Funny, just a few weeks ago you were bleating about how keeping Confederate statues showed support for traitors and secessionists, yet we have yet to hear a word from you about CHOP – who attempted to secede from the United States – and similar groups.)

      If you’d have ever bothered to pick up a copy of the Constitution, you’d find that among the federal government’s enumerated powers is “to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections…,” and to act “against domestic Violence.” All of which is in evidence here, despite your desperate attempts to deny or minimize it.

      • “rioters and looters and secessionists”!!…..the same tired argument…would be great but belied by the facts…a few square blocks in a city that tolerates it…fine by me…

        • So the city “tolerates” it. How nice. I don’t suppose you’ve bothered asking any of the people who’ve been on the receiving end of the shootings and looting and vandalism and so forth whether they “tolerate” it, huh? Of course not, because ike a good fascist, you believe that only the Party and its armed wing are important, and the rights of the individual mean nothing.

    • “Not attract a single vote” are you forgetting about Educated aka ah, a few 100 orthodox chassidim, Neturei Karteniks from Brooklyn and a few million Evangelists?

      • No “aka” there, as you’d realize with a moment’s notice if you bothered comparing Archy’s style and mine.

        Really, you remind me of that person who said that “no one she knew” voted for Nixon, even though about 60% of the voters did. Get out of your bubble, and realize that there are quite a lot of Americans outside of the groups you mentioned who prefer law and order, not violent criminals being given free rein to loot and destroy small businesses and harm law-abiding citizens.

  2. He not only has the Constitutional right to send troops, but the citizens demand it.
    He needs to quell the murderous mayhem because it’s the right thing to do regardless of the election.
    The federal as well as any state government must protect its citizens.
    Act now, Mr. President , and with force. We cannot walk our streets anymore.

    • Even Rahm Emanuel wasn’t good enough?!
      The voters in Chicago are clearly the dumbest people to walk the face of the earth. The wind must have damaged their pea brains. Lori Lightfoot??? I mean seriously?! OMG, she’s even dumber than Joe Biden. Just look at her face. There is something not 100% over there. How she got to the position of Mayor, is testimony how painfully stupid the voters in Chicago are. Really sick people. The Yeshiva should move out of that hell hole while they still can. The Jewish owned nursing homes will survive just fine.

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