Today Trump announced that he will call back federal officers from Portland. It was another failed political stunt, but it shows us how far he is willing to go to retain power. The federal agents who descended on the city, uninvited and unwelcome, in unmarked vehicles, disappearing people with little to no regard for civil liberties, come from the Department of Homeland Security. This agency is bloated, overfunded, and it operates with impunity.
At Mijente, we’ve been sounding the alarm for years. The difference here is, this time they implemented their tactics openly and under the protection of an authoritarian president.If this is what they do to mostly white U.S. citizens in front of the media, imagine what they are doing to people in their custody, to people who are seeking refuge in isolated parts of the border.
Trump must be defeated in November. Trumpism must be defeated as well. That means dismantling agencies like DHS, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol.