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Homeland Security making plans to deploy some 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown

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  1. dubteedub
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    As an update, it sounds like Trump is in fact going through with these plans as he just announced during a press conference that he is surging federal troops to Chicago. Trump announces he's...

    As an update, it sounds like Trump is in fact going through with these plans as he just announced during a press conference that he is surging federal troops to Chicago.

    Trump has long used Chicago as some stereotyped city of mass violence and hysteria. The framing of sending troops to the city to "drive down violent crime" doesn't even sound like it is related to the BLM protests. Just another authoritarian excuse to ratchet up tensions as much as possible.

    Truly disturbing.

    13 votes
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    BlindCarpenter
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    Do they announce it like this to scare people and try to keep them from going out and protesting?

    Do they announce it like this to scare people and try to keep them from going out and protesting?

    9 votes
    1. Loire
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      They are trying to reinvigorate their base. It's purely political. This wouldn't be happening if Trump wasn't disastrously down in the polls.

      They are trying to reinvigorate their base. It's purely political. This wouldn't be happening if Trump wasn't disastrously down in the polls.

      4 votes
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    no_exit
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    I assume this is being done under the new DHS PACT umbrella, but I'm not sure. It's bad either way.

    I assume this is being done under the new DHS PACT umbrella, but I'm not sure. It's bad either way.

    7 votes
    1. SuperGracchiBros
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      I think you're making a pretty safe assumption. Looks like this is the first city they're expanding the Portland model to.

      I think you're making a pretty safe assumption. Looks like this is the first city they're expanding the Portland model to.

      8 votes
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    So glad to hear the city has an ally in the mayor. It's appalling that these federal abductions are going on in Portland without a peep from the people supposedly in charge there. It does raise a...

    So glad to hear the city has an ally in the mayor. It's appalling that these federal abductions are going on in Portland without a peep from the people supposedly in charge there. It does raise a concern though, since this means that Trump is deploying forces to cities without any coordination, taking the cities by surprise almost as much as the citizens being abducted. Which honestly makes it even more confusing why Portland isn't doing anything about it. They hear their citizens are being abducted by mystery federal agents and they just shrug their shoulders?

    2 votes
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      JackA
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      I'll admit I'm not super well versed on this, but from everything I've seen they've condemned it. Oregon's Governor, Senators,-and Portland's Mayor

      I'll admit I'm not super well versed on this, but from everything I've seen they've condemned it.

      Oregon's Governor, Senators,-and Portland's Mayor

      12 votes
      1. Diff
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        Mm, good to see. What I've heard up til now was that their Mayor was being oddly silent about it, glad to be wrong here.

        Mm, good to see. What I've heard up til now was that their Mayor was being oddly silent about it, glad to be wrong here.

        4 votes
    2. MimicSquid
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      I don't know whether the mayor of Portland has spoken out against it, but the governor and both senators have decried it and already filed lawsuits. That not everyone just shrugging.

      I don't know whether the mayor of Portland has spoken out against it, but the governor and both senators have decried it and already filed lawsuits. That not everyone just shrugging.

      7 votes