A decapitated and burned animal carcass was recently discovered on the front porch of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official’s Washington, D.C. home, ABC Radio reported Monday.
The incident came amid an increase in threats against DHS employees, with some two dozen reported in the past few days. DHS sent a letter Saturday to all employees apprising them of the “heightened threat,” which appears to have been exacerbated by a broader national backlash against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration-enforcement policy.
“This assessment is based on specific and credible threats that have been levied against certain DHS employees and a sharp increase in the overall number of general threats against DHS employees,” Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, wrote to employees on Saturday in a letter obtained by ABC.
Roughly 2,300 children had been separated from their parents since the Trump administration announced in May that it would prosecute everyone who crossed the border illegally. President Trump ostensibly ended family separations via executive order Wednesday and more than 500 children have reportedly been reunited with their parents since.
The controversial policy prompted widespread protests and the public harassment of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who was heckled by members of the Democratic Socialists of America while eating at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. last week. Protesters then gathered around Nielsen’s home on Friday and chanted “shame” while playing audio of crying children at a holding facility. On Saturday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described being refused service at a Virginia restaurant.
In addition to the public displays of opposition against administration officials, which were endorsed Saturday by Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), ICE agents have had their personal information leaked online in response to the Trump administration’s enforcement approach. WikiLeaks published information associated with more than 9,000 such employees Thursday, saying the leaks were aimed at “increasing accountability.”
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