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ACLU Director Demands That DHS Be Dismantled

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American Civil Liberties Union Director Anthony Romero penned his thoughts on the Department of Homeland Security in a USA Today opinion piece — he called for the dismantling of the agency and said it is a “loaded weapon that sits on the proverbial coffee table in the Oval Office.”

The piece lists issues the ACLU has against the department including spying on Black Lives Matter leaders, killing foreign nationals, and supposedly separating children from their parents at the border — an act that is used to try to stop human trafficking and kidnapping and to verify the parents aren’t traffickers.

“The short history of DHS has been filled with violence, the stoking of fear and a lack of oversight. The department’s horrific tactics are being used in cities across the country,” Romero wrote.

He called out the DHS for treatment of rioters and protestors in Portland — the ACLU is already suing the agency for this.

“People across the political spectrum watched in disbelief a federal agents were deployed to American cities — despite objections by mayors and governors — to escalate violence against protesters. Paramilitary forces abducted people exercising their constitutional rights in Portland, placed them in unmarked vehicles and took them to undisclosed locations,” Romero wrote.

Romero called for the agency to be broken up and for the nation to start over with how to approach national security.

“We can preserve our freedoms and our security better by dismantling DHS and beginning anew,” he said.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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