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Federal Agents Dispatched to Portland
Jul 22, 2020 at 02:19 AM

The Quick Facts

  • During the week of July 15th, camouflaged federal agents began arresting protesters in Portland, Oregon off the streets and taking them into unmarked vans. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the federal agency tasked with securing the border, claimed responsibility for many of the arrests.
  • Federal agents also shot tear gas at protesters this week following attempts to break into a federal courthouse. The protests in Portland have been ongoing since the murder of George Floyd in late May and have escalated in recent weeks.
  • The CBP said it acted under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), which began addressing civil unrest in July following an executive order.
  • While some local officials have asked DHS to remove its agents, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf stated that he does not need "invitations by the state, state mayors or state governors" to "do our job." President Trump has since suggested sending federal agents to additional cities with ongoing protests.

Food For Thought

Which is the greater threat to society: the Portland protesters or the federal agents sent to stop them?

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The Guardian

Camouflaged federal agents have descended on Portland. Trump's DHS is out of control

Trevor Timm
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The New York Times

The Border War in Portland

Jamelle Bouie
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National Review

Portland Protests: Democratic Authorities Tacitly Endorse Violent Riots

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Fox News

Portland riots – it is Trump's constitutional duty to enforce federal law and he should

Andrew McCarthy
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