(PatriotHeadline.com)- Federal law enforcement troops could be coming to a city near you.
President Donald Trump said on Monday that he plans to send federal help to some major cities throughout the country to help crack down on anti-racism protests. This effort will include unidentified officers who will wear camouflage and unmarked cars. Similar efforts in Portland, Oregon, have drawn the recent ire of many people.
At the White House on Monday, Trump said:
“We’re sending law enforcement. We can’t let this happen to the cities.”
Among those cities on the list are some with “liberal Democrats” as mayors, as Trump said. Those include Chicago, New York City, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia and Oakland.
Others, meanwhile, are calling for the president to remove officers from the Department of Homeland Security from Portland. But Trump said:
“They’ve been there three days, and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time, no problem. They grab a lot of people and jail the leaders. These are anarchists.”
Last week, federal law enforcement officers began a campaign to crack down on people in Portland who were protesting against systemic racism and police brutality. They have used tear gas as part of this effort, and have even taken into custody some of the activists.
Critics of the move have said there have been no reasons given as to why these people were taken into custody. Despite this, officials from the Department of Homeland Security wouldn’t apologize for their actions nor back down.
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said:
“We will maintain our presence.”
State and local officials have not responded favorably. Oregon has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for the actions that have been taken by the unmarked officers in Portland. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has also asked the law enforcement officers to abandon the city.
On Monday, she tweeted:
“This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety. The President is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.”
The Democratic mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, told CNN:
“The tactics that the Trump administration are using on the streets of Portland are abhorrent.”
The Trump administration has blamed violence at protests across the country on Antifa. It’s a group of far-left-wing activists that are loosely organized throughout the country. Trump has previously issued a threat to designate the group as a “terrorist organization.” However, he has no authority as president to designate a fully domestic group as such.
Similar protests have been happening around the country since May 25, when Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, a black man. All four officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired and subsequently arrested in connection with the death.
In the weeks since then, protests erupted in different parts of the country, as have calls for cities to “defund the police.”