I’ve been seeing reports suggesting that DHS agents have left Portland despite Trump saying they were not leaving. This apparently comes from the Oregon governor. But the Washington Examiner spoke with DHS about this today and what Trump said is still gold:
Not a single Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officer deployed to Portland has left the city in the 10 days since the Oregon governor announced their departure, two senior DHS officials told the Washington Examiner.
None of the surged DHS agents and officers have left Portland as of Monday, the first official confirmed, adding that this included Customs and Border Protection, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel. The same official said DHS does not plan to announce a withdrawal any time soon and that the 140 supplemental personnel who were sent to Portland in late June and early July will remain there until federal buildings are secure.
A second DHS official confirmed the account, and on Monday afternoon, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said claims they have withdrawn, including those made by Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, were “absolutely false.”
“Our personnel will remain in Portland until we are sure that the targeted violence directed at our facilities and our personnel no longer requires our presence,” Morgan said during public remarks. “We’re not there yet. So we remain in Portland.”
On July 29, Brown and acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf separately announced having reached a deal that would result in pulling supplemental DHS personnel from downtown, where dozens to hundreds had been surged from the border and other parts of the country to protect a federal courthouse from people attempting night after night to burn it down.
“Beginning Thursday [July 30], all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland and shortly thereafter, will begin going home,” Brown said at the time.
Instead, all 140 surged DHS personnel remain in Portland but are not assisting at the courthouse, where Brown has sent in state police to guard the facility.
So in effect DHS agents are still there, but have simply pulled back and are allowing both the state police and Portland police to fight with Antifa and Black Lives Matter every night. Just in case this wasn’t clear, I thought it would be good to post this.
In other news, DHS Secy Chad Wolf just tweeted that they’ve now completed 275 miles of the new border wall system:
President Trump has taken historic steps to confront the crisis on our Nation’s borders and protect American communities. DHS is making tremendous progress — just recently hitting 275 miles of the new border wall system. #SecureOurBorder pic.twitter.com/m3eKJZVN6g
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) August 11, 2020