Homeland Security warns of potential extremist-fueled domestic violence linked to Title 42

The Department of Homeland Security warned last week of potential extremist-fueled violence linked to the long-awaited lifting of Title 42just days before enforcement of Trump-era policy ends before US The Supreme Court intervenedCBS News confirmed with multiple law enforcement sources.

Intelligence officials “have observed calls for attacks primarily targeting migrants and critical infrastructure,” according to a Dec. 23 bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which cites discussions on social media regarding “gun attacks, placing landmines along migration routes and luring migrants into caravans to poison them with gas.”

The memo notes that planning by domestic violent extremists is often shielded by online security measures, limiting law enforcement exposure.

CNN was the first to report on the law enforcement bulletin.

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Migrants gather on the banks of the Rio Grande at the US border with Mexico on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, where members of the Texas National Guard sealed off a breach in the US border wall.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday authorized US border officials to continue deporting migrants as part of the pandemic measure indefinitely, granting a petition from Republican-run states.

First invoked at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Title 42 is a public health authority born in the 19th century. Since March 2020, federal border officials have cited the law to deport migrants 2.5 million times to their home countries, without allowing them to seek asylum, a right protected by U.S. and international refugee law. . For nearly three years, the United States has used this policy to turn back the majority of adult migrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America who were apprehended along the southern border.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether it should allow Republican-controlled states to defend the legality of Title 42 during its next session in February 2023. In the meantime, the court agreed to stay an order of a lower court invalidating the eviction policy, keeping Title 42 in place pending High Court review.

Law enforcement sources said discussions of domestic violent extremists on social media forums also included the firing of electrical substations near immigration facilities on the US-Mexico border, which analysts from the intelligence noted that they “had not observed before”.

“These recent discussions may stem from the extensive media coverage of recent attacks on other substations across the United States, particularly in Moore County, North Carolina,” the bulletin added.

the deliberate attack on two North Carolina substations cut off electricity to more than 45,000 people earlier this month, divert public attention vulnerabilities in the U.S. power grid. days later, an individual opened fire near a Duke Energy facility at the Wateree Hydroelectric Station in Ridgeway, South Carolina. Law enforcement has expressed concern that the attacks could be followed by copycat incidents in other parts of the country.

According to the newsletter, “grievances over immigration policy and animosity toward immigrants have fueled extremist acts in the past, including the 2019 Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas, which killed 23 people and injured 23. others injured. Authorities said at the time that the accused shooter was driving through the West Texas border town for the sole purpose of killing immigrants and Mexicans.”

Earlier this year, a public advisory issued by DHS warned that“Potential changes in border security enforcement policy, an increase in the number of non-nationals attempting to enter the United States, or other immigration-related developments may escalate these calls for violence. “

Immigration is part of a consortium of “burning” political issues, along with abortion, that continue to motivate extremists, according to senior Homeland Security officials.

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