In A First, ICE Agents Are On Stand By To Respond To Election Day Unrest
For the first time, Department of Homeland Security agents, including those from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, are poised for deployment in Washington in the event of Election Day unrest.
- NBC News reports that DHS “is regularly tasked with providing additional security around the nation’s capital on inauguration days, but has never stepped in to quell unrest on Election Day.”
- ICE, CPB and the Federal Protective Service are part of the “Protecting American Communities Task Force” that President Trump created in June in response to “anarchists and left-wing extremists” he said were seeking to damage federal property.
- NBC News noted that Trump’s “task force was met with backlash in Portland this summer, where agents protecting the federal courthouse clashed with protesters for more than two months.”
Asked about plans to secure D.C. around the election, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection said, "As a law enforcement component under the DHS Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), CBP will continue to provide support, as requested, to the Federal Protective Service to protect Federal facilities and property if needed and to local law enforcement partners if requested."
An ICE official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that ICE agents were ready to secure federal buildings and work with local police.