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Oregon Gov: ‘Occupying Force’ Of Federal Officers Leaving Portland. DHS Chief: Not Yet, We’re Not.
Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks during a press conference on the actions taken by Border Patrol and Homeland Security agents in Portland during continued protests at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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On Wednesday, after Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced a plan to reduce the presence of federal agents in Portland, Oregon, Governor Kate Brown celebrated, tweeting that “the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland … Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.”

Wolf, noting Brown’s oversimplification of the issue, issued a tweet an hour later clarifying what was truly happening, writing, “As I told the Governor yesterday, federal law enforcement will remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends. We are not removing any law enforcement while our facilities and law enforcement remain under attack.”

Wolf added, “@Potus made clear this Administration is ready and willing to partner with state & local law enforcement to protect every American — and you see that commitment in Portland with this plan. @DHSgov will not back down from our legal duty to protect law enforcement officers and federal properties in the face of criminal behavior.”

He added one last zinger directed at Oregon state authorities: “The state of Oregon is finally agreeing to cooperate with our federal forces–exactly what we asked for since the nightly violence broke out two months ago. We’re glad Oregon is now correcting their months long error.”

Earlier Wednesday, as The Daily Wire reported, Wolf released his plan, which stated that it included a “robust presence of Oregon State Police” in downtown Portland and demanded that state and local authorities — including Portland police officers who have so far been prevented from actively engaging rioters — secure “properties and streets” surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse and other federal properties that have been “under nightly attack for the past two months.”

“The agreement allows for federal agents from the Federal Protection Service to oversee efforts at securing the courthouse prior to handoff to local authorities and gives the Department of Homeland Security the right to change their ‘force posture’ if and only if state and local authorities are able to sufficiently protect federal property,” The Daily Wire noted.

Brown has targeted President Trump before. In April 2018, when Trump announced plans to send U.S. National Guard troops to assist U.S. Border Patrol units at the United States’ southern border if they were overwhelmed by illegal immigrants, Brown huffed that as commander of her state’s National Guard unit, she would refuse to implement Trump’s order, tweeting, “I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.”

“She later acknowledged that the Trump White House had not contacted her to ask her to mobilize Oregon’s troops, and that her declaration was largely preemptive,” The Daily Wire noted.

In June 2018, Brown added, “In April, I made it clear that the Oregon National Guard would not be used for political purposes along the border, or to distract from the chaos and confusion of the Trump Administration.

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