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Ruppersberger Joins Legislation to Block Federal Occupation in Portland, Other American Cities

Jul 21, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, DC) -- Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is supporting legislation to address President Trump's use of unidentified federal agents to terrorize and detain peaceful protestors in Portland and his threats to send federal agents to other cities across the country.

"It’s clear Lafayette Square and Portland were dry runs for what President Trump plans to do in Baltimore and other cities 'run by Democrats' with his camo-clad federal militias and unmarked vans," Congrsesman Ruppersberger said. "Not on our watch. Call it what you want – authoritarian, dictatorship, Gestapo-like. I call it unconstitutional."

Congressman Ruppersberger is joining colleagues in demanding answers on what Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Wolf described as the federal “siege” in Portland. You can read their letter here.

Congressman Ruppersberger has also signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 7719, the Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America’s Streets Act. The legislation:

  •     Reaffirms DHS jurisdiction as federal property and its immediate vicinity, unless otherwise requested by both the mayor and governor;
  •     Requires ID on uniforms and vehicles, and;
  •     Requires details on deployment (how many, where and why) within 24 hours.