Homeland Security Officials Urged To Remove Badges In Public, Lock Doors And Windows

Directors issued a warning after information for thousands of employees appeared online.

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Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Claire Grady, issued a dire warning to DHS officials Wednesday, warning them that they should remove their badges in public and lock doors and windows in their homes after the personal information of thousands of DHS employees appeared online.

The security breach came over the weekend; anti-immigration activists scoured LinkedIn and other social media sites and created a "data list" of Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees and DHS officials connected to the country's immigration system. The information was posted online and then removed, but Antifa members captured screenshots of the material and continued to share it.

Investigators now say they've investigated more than a dozen credible threats, including an incident where a "senior staff member found a charred, headless rodent on his doorstep."

Immigration enforcement officials, DHS seems to believe, are the top targets of anti-immigration activists, who have increasingly resorted to violence in the wake of new Trump Administration policies that proclaim "zero tolerance" for border jumpers and end the Obama Administration's "catch-and-release" program, allowing those awaiting asylum hearings to remain in the country.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was chased out of a D.C.-area Mexican restaurant last week, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave an Arlington, Virginia eatery over the weekend. Other Trump Administration officials have been heckled and threatened.

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