Trump Says He Will ‘Immediately Surge Federal Law Enforcement’ to Chicago

President Donald Trump announced that the Department of Justice will “immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago.” The announcement comes after a spike in gun violence that left 12 people dead over a single weekend.

Trump told the nation on Wednesday, “The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S Marshall Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime.”

He continued, “But we must remember that the job of policing a neighborhood falls on the shoulders of local elected leadership, never forget that. When they abdicate their duty, the results are catastrophic.”

Later in his remarks, Trump said, “Frankly, we have no choice but to get involved,” before introducing Attorney General Bill Barr and acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf.

Trump’s decision to move federal agents into the Windy City has already been blasted by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), who tweeted on Tuesday, “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.”

In Portland, Oregon, federal agents have already been present, arresting people off the streets and throwing them into unmarked vehicles. Some of the agents have been shown in videos wearing no identification.

The presence of agents led to a backlash with the ACLU, who said, “Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping. The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) quickly authored legislation requiring on-duty federal agents to identify themselves and the agency they serve.

But acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf defended the actions of federal agents, telling Fox News, “DHS is not going to back down from our responsibilities. We are not escalating, we are protecting.”

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    1. Scotty is another armchair hero like HIllary and Beto.
      Not a one will suit up in Kevlar and body armor to actually do a damn thing.
      I wonder if he’s scared of guns because they make loud noises, like he does after a good meal?

      Don’t stop him now. He’ll steal valor and pretend to a military career that never was.

    1. I’m sure the cops, beleaguered and abandoned by the city *ahem* leaders will get right on that.

      Now ask if those same cops MIGHT be used to reduce actual violent crime.

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