FIRST ON FOX: The top Republicans on the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees are urging Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to develop plans to deter the “increasing number of assaults” targeting federal law enforcement officers and government facilities in the U.S., Fox News has learned.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wrote to Mayorkas Wednesday to express their concerns.
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“Any violent attack on our nation’s law enforcement, however, is an attack on the rule of law and directly impacts the safety and security of all Americans,” they wrote.
Portman and Katko cited the “continued violence at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse and the April 10, 2021, fire-related incident at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland, Oregon,” calling them “just the latest concrete examples of this threat.”
Over the weekend, protests in Portland developed into a riot when about 100 people engaged in “autonomous demonstrations” near an ICE facility. Police made at least six arrests, including one individual who allegedly was menacing officers with a knife.
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