Biden administration warns of potential threats related to people’s grievances over immigration, abortion and upcoming midterm elections in November
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – The Biden administration is expressing concern about domestic extremists using violence out of frustration with border security policies.
In a national terrorism advisory bulletin released Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said the US is in an increased threat environment that is expected to become “more dynamic” in the coming months as individuals could use high-profile events to justify acts of violence. Targets can include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, schools, government facilities, infrastructure and personnel, racial and religious minorities, and even the news media.
“Some domestic violent extremists have expressed grievances over their perception that the US government is unwilling or unable to secure the US-Mexico border and have called for violence to stem the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States. to stop,” it said. “We assess that there is an increased risk that domestic violent extremists will use changes in border security-related policies and/or enforcement mechanisms to justify violence” against minorities and border agents.
The bulletin does not identify the extremists, nor the changes in border security policies that could upset them. However, the rollback of the Title 42 public health policy that allows border agents to expel newly arrived unauthorized migrants quickly has been widely opposed by secure border attorneys. An independent poll published last month also showed that most Americans were against taking that tool away from border agents.
A federal judge in Louisiana has temporarily halted the rollback.
“The continued dissemination of false or misleading accounts of current events could reinforce existing personal grievances or ideologies and, combined with other factors, inspire individuals to use violence,” the advisory states.
Other potential causes of violence mentioned in the bulletin include the high-profile US Supreme Court case over abortion rights and the upcoming midterm elections in November.
“Individuals advocating both for and against abortion have encouraged violence in public forums, including against the government, personnel and religious and reproductive health care facilities, as well as against people of opposing ideologies,” the advisory said.
DHS said calls for violence by domestic extremists against political candidates, political parties, election events and election workers are likely to increase during election season.
The advice is valid until 30 November.