Mayorkas pressed over DHS labeling protesters 'Domestic Violent Extremists'

August 2, 2023

...In a July 27 letter to Mayorkas, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Center for Constitutional Rights collectively expressed "deep concern" over the department's use of the DVE label. Citing events in Atlanta, the letter alleges that "lax DHS standards and intelligence practices have contributed to concerning arrests and prosecution[s]."

The letter says that the term domestic violent extremists is "overly broad and lacks specific legal parameters and reliable factual and evidentiary thresholds." It further states, "DHS's dissemination of unreliable and potentially biased 'domestic violent extremism' information to state and local law enforcement can contribute to constitutional violations." ...

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August 2, 2023