Sen. Cornyn: Okay to Use DHS Agents Against Protesters if Used to ‘Enforce Federal Law’

By Andrew Davenport | July 23, 2020 | 3:36pm EDT
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), left, and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.).
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), left, and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.).

(CNS News) -- When asked about the use of Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officers to counter protesters in U.S. cities, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said it is appropriate if one is enforcing “federal law,” and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said it is okay if “federal property” is being destroyed.

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNS News asked Senator Cornyn, “Do you believe that it is proper for the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officers to be countering protestors in American cities? 

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 Senator Cornyn said, “It is appropriate for federal officials to enforce federal law.” 

When asked the same question, Senator Rounds said, “I think if you have criminals or people that are doing criminal acts and destroying federal property, the federal government has a responsibility, if the local government does not step up and provide that protection. The federal government should provide protection against those types of criminal actions.” 

On Wednesday, July 22, President Trump announced that he would send a “surge” of federal agents to Chicago to combat “violent crime.”

“Today, I’m announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into American communities plagued by violent crime,” said Trump from the White House.  “We’ll work every single day to restore public safety, protect our nation’s children, and bring violent perpetrators to justice.”

“We’ve just started this process, and, frankly, we have no choice but to get involved,” he added. Trump noted that 414 people have been murdered and more than 1,900 people shot in Chicago alone so far this year.

The announcement came as part of “Operation Legend,” the administration’s plan to combat violent crime in American Cities. 

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Transcript

CNS News: Do you believe that it is the proper role for the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officers to be countering protesters in American cities? 

Sen. Cornyn: Enforcing federal law? 

CNS News: Yes sir. 

Cornyn: It is appropriate for federal officials to enforce federal law.

Transcript

CNS News: Do you believe that it is the proper role for the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officers to be countering protesters in American cities? 

Sen. Rounds: I think if you have criminals or people that are doing criminal acts and destroying federal property, the federal government has a responsibility, if the local government does not step up and provide that protection. The federal government should provide protection against those types of criminal actions.” 

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