Defunding Trump’s secret police

July 24, 2020

The Trump administration’s continued violent occupation of Portland must end. Federal law enforcement officials are unwelcome, uninvited, unprepared and are making a difficult situation worse. This week, I was in Washington working to defund this effort and ensure the urgency being expressed on our Portland streets is felt here in the halls of Congress.

Next week, the House will vote on a number of bills that determine funding for various federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. On Thursday, I led a group of lawmakers in submitting amendments to this package that would block federal law enforcement officers from intervening in constitutionally protected protests in Portland and across the country. If you’re interested, you can read more about this plan to defund Trump’s secret police here.   

Unfortunately, it appears that these Gestapo-like tactics – including the use of unidentifiable officers – are likely a dress rehearsal for other cities. We can’t let that happen. This week, I also worked on legislation to stop this administration from deploying shadowy paramilitary forces against Americans and prevent further federal law enforcement overreach.

As we work to stop these egregious tactics, we need to know how they were allowed to happen in the first place. On Thursday, following our request, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Offices of Inspector General announced they are opening investigations into the unrequested presence and violent actions of federal forces in Portland. 

While we wait for answers from these investigations, we must continue holding President Trump and his cronies responsible for these actions. Today, I called for the immediate resignation of Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, a key architect of the administration’s lawless actions in Portland. This is a man who went from orchestrating the administration’s atrocious family separation policy to overseeing the kidnapping of protesters in Portland. Clearly, he has no place in our government.

As we continue to work through this difficult time, I want to remind you that my staff and I are here to help you. Please visit my website at or give us a call at (503) 231-2300.