President Donald Trump says he's sending federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration’s intervention in local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle. (July 22)
DONALD TRUMP: There has been a radical movement to defund, dismantle, and dissolve our police departments. Extreme politicians have joined this anti-police crusade and relentlessly vilified our law enforcement heroes. To look at it from any standpoint, the effort to shut down policing in their own communities has led to a shocking explosion of shootings, killings, murders, and heinous crimes of violence.
This bloodshed must end. This bloodshed will end. Today, I'm announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime. We'll work every single day to restore public safety, protect our nation's children, and bring violent perpetrators to justice. We've been doing it. And you've been seeing what's happening all around the country. We've just started this process. And frankly, we have no choice but to get involved.
The Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago. The FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime. And we will use federal law enforcement to vigorously charge federal crimes and support these besieged communities to the greatest extent possible.
This will be hard, painstaking work. It will take time. The tide will not recede overnight. But we will marshal all of the strength and focus and determination that we can possibly do. This is a critical effort.