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Trump to send federal agents to New Mexico despite opposition by governor, state leaders

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Wednesday that federal agents will surge into several more states, including New Mexico, to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration’s intervention in local enforcement as Trump runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle.

Trump and Barr were joined at the White House announcement by the U.S. attorney for New Mexico and the sheriff of the state’s most populous county that includes Albuquerque.

But New Mexico's U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich cautioned Trump about sending federal agents to the state, and he called on Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, who was at the White House, to resign.

“Instead of collaborating with the Albuquerque Police Department, the Sheriff is inviting the President’s storm-troopers into Albuquerque,” the Democratic senator said in a statement.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state Attorney General Hector Balderas threatened to sue the Trump Administration if federal agents "overstep their authority in any manner whatsoever."

"If the Trump administration wishes to antagonize New Mexicans and Americans with authoritarian, unnecessary and unaccountable military-style 'crackdowns,' they have no business whatsoever in New Mexico," the governor said.

Several other New Mexico lawmakers also came out against the plan, including U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller.

Usually, the U.S. Justice Department sends agents under its own umbrella, like agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or the Drug Enforcement Agency. But this surge effort will include Department of Homeland Security Investigations officers, who generally conduct drug trafficking and child exploitation investigations.

DHS officers have already been dispatched to Portland, Oregon, and other localities to protect federal property and monuments as Trump has lambasted efforts by protesters to knock down Confederate statutes. Trump has linked the growing violence in the streets with protests over racial injustice, though criminal justice experts say the spike defies easy explanation, pointing to the unprecedented moment the country is living through — with a pandemic that has killed more than 140,000 Americans, historic unemployment, stay-at-home orders, a mass reckoning over race and police brutality, intense stress and even the weather.

Local authorities have also complained the surges in federal agents have only exacerbated tensions on the streets.

The decision to dispatch federal agents to American cities is playing out at a hyper-politicized moment when Trump is trying to show he is a “law-and-order” president and painting Democratic-led cities as out of control. With less than four months to go before Election Day, Trump has been serving up dire warnings that the violence would worsen if his Democratic rival Joe Biden is elected in November, as he tries to win over voters who could be swayed by that message.

But civil unrest in Portland only escalated after federal agents there were accused of whisking people away in unmarked cars without probable case.

The spike in crime has hit hard in some cities with resources already stretched thin from the pandemic. But the move to send in federal forces was initially rejected by leaders in Chicago and New York, two cities with a surge in violence.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot later said she and other local officials had spoken with federal authorities and come to an understanding.

“I’ve been very clear that we welcome actual partnership,” the Democratic mayor said after speaking with federal officials. “But we do not welcome dictatorship. We do not welcome authoritarianism, and we do not welcome unconstitutional arrest and detainment of our residents. That is something I will not tolerate.”

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  1. “But civil unrest in Portland only escalated after federal agents there were accused of whisking people away in unmarked cars without probable case.”
    What a bunch of sh*t. There has been nothing but violence there for weeks. What the hell are these people reporting? Typical demoKKKrat reporting from the fake media.

    1. Our good old El Paso Border Patrol BORTAC units doing a great job there. Obama used them to go after criminal illegals, human traffickers, drug dealers and escaped felon convicts. So nothing new. They not secret police like the leftists claim.

  2. And we talk about and support the same team Hong Kong protestors , as well as Syrian & Iranian ones. AMERICA-The- Hypocrite, not the Beautiful!!

  3. Trumps Terror Agents are already in place at those locations boots on the ground non uniform wearing plain car driving Federal Agents-Provocatuers COUNTELPRO INFILTRATORS

  4. If they are not identifiable citizens should not comply. Basically this is open for criminals to kidnap, etc. citizens should not comply with law enforcement not clearly identified. Which is probably what the dimbass in charge wants , a free pass to kill/intimidate/rattle his dummy base. This could get ugly.

    1. Fake news moron. They have CBP Border Patrol BORTAC patched on and name tapes. Most are from El Paso. These are guys are bad ass. But you are too chicken to mess with them.

  5. The orange buffoon is only trying to deflect from his treasonable failure to manage the covid19 crisis. He’s pandering to his neo-Nazi base that like this kind of brown shit activity, along with the tragically uneducated white trash that forms the majority of his base. Its just another ploy to try to boost his diving poll numbers. It will all be stopped by the courts in a few days. These idiot protesters no longer have a message and the orange buffoon has no clothes. All this activity on both sides is helping no one but Sleepy Joe Biden.

    1. Abq is number 1 in the nation for property crime they aren’t on the list for violence. You should go visit beautiful Albuquerque and the the art train and walk up and down central and see unm and the frontier. You can’t fool people that actually go to ABQ and have witnessed first hand the crime.

  6. historic unemployment and stay at home orders…….who’s mandating these stay at home orders that spiked unemployment. Swear they don’t even try to hide their bias

      1. This came of of AOC’s twitter page before she deleted it. “It is vital that Governors maintain restrictions on businesses until after the November elections because economic recovery will help Trump be re-elected. A few business closures or job losses is a small price to pay to be free from his presidency.” This was posted by her at 1:09 PM, 20 May 2020.

  7. Today is Wednesday 22, 2020 and Trumps is still a Racist, Bigot, Moron, idiot, Creepy, Pussy Grabber, and Wanna be Dicktator. But the right wing simpletons on this site love him. Guess they want to be just like him when they grow up.

  8. Hey Pendejo Trump. You can send all the Stormtroopers you want to wherever you want, just remember that for every Hitler Youth in Camouflage there is a hundred protesters. You cannot stop people from taking part in Protests. It is and has been our way to bring change to American society since 1776!

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    1. You are an estupido. KVIA’s website is not broadcast comms. It’s internet. No FCC complaint. Therefore callate pendeja. BTW – Go twerk your fat rear end for your schizo BFF.

  10. This came of of AOC’s twitter page before she deleted it. “It is vital that Governors maintain restrictions on businesses until after the November elections because economic recovery will help Trump be re-elected. A few business closures or job losses is a small price to pay to be free from his presidency.” This was posted by her at 1:09 PM, 20 May 2020.

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