Nearly a year after riots first erupted in Portland and a week after the latest riot, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote a letter demanding justice from the Department of Homeland Security. This is his second letter in two months.
The letters are addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
First, Jordan asked to know what DHS is doing to protect federal land in the future. During the riots, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, the Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal building, the Pioneer Courthouse, and the Gus J. Solomon United State Courthouse, have all been vandalized to varying degrees.
Jordan also noted that rioters caused $20,000 in damage last week to the Portland Boys and Girls Club, which supports underserved children and families.
In that first letter, Jordan asked that Mayorkas and Garland provided the requested information, in writing, no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 12. Then, afterward, the lawmaker asked for them to provide a staff-level briefing. The deadline came and went without any communication, according to Jordan.
Now, Jordan is writing again to make his same demands. The damage is costing the city with every riot; demonstrators caused as much as $20,000 worth of damage just las week, according to the Congressman.
“Americans deserve answers,” Jordan tweeted. His letter asks the following questions:
- Please explain the Justice Department’s current efforts to identify and prosecute
individuals who are attacking federal law enforcement and damaging and vandalizing
federal property in Portland, Oregon.
- Please explain how the Justice Department, in coordination with other relevant
federal law enforcement agencies, is working to prevent individuals from damaging
and vandalizing federal property in Portland, Oregon.
- Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes Portland, Oregon, has
“permitted violence and destruction of property to persist” and has “refused to
undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”
- Please explain whether the Justice Department still believes that “peaceful protestors
do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars,
or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under
statutes enacted by this Congress.”
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“I’ve met with our special operations forces,” Torres told Carter on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show. “They have been training on the El Salvador and Special Operations folks, and I met with the deputy director of their special ops folks there. And they said there are no MS-13 here. There might be pockets of them here and there in small neighborhoods, but they pretty much wiped them out.”
Yet, the Biden administration considers the treat of MS-13 a pillar of their lax immigration policy. Instead, Torres says they’re not a threat at all. The locals actually get along fine despite the organized crime. “They’re not in fear of their country, they’re not in fear of the police, they’re not in fear of MS- 13. They just want a better life,” Torres said. “And the thing is, is if you take a look at what they’re claiming asylum, well, asylum is not for economic reasons.”
Meanwhile, the cartel has taken on a new role: human trafficking. Immigrants aren’t afraid of MS-13 because they turn to them for advice. Sara Carter has been reporting on this symbiotic relationship for years. “They’re basically rehearsing with a lot of the people, the migrants that are coming across, this is what you need to say, when you get across. This is what you need to ask for, or you won’t be able to stay,” Carter said. “So it’s kind of like a dress rehearsal of sorts. Before they come here, they are taught: what are our loopholes and what do you need to say.”
Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice established a task force to fight the murders and other serious crimes committed by MS-13 members.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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