(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and 14 House Members in calling on Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to immediately resign from his position.
The Members wrote: "Your leadership of this Department has been rife with mismanagement, including inciting xenophobia and recently using federal agents to disrupt lawful, constitutionally protected protests. In particular, we cannot accept the Department’s recent use of unidentified federal agents, in military gear, patrolling the city of Portland, Oregon in unmarked vehicles, nor can we accept recent plans to expand this tactic to other American cities."
The Members continued: "It is our understanding that you have abused your power and position as Secretary of Homeland Security, especially as you have remained in an acting capacity well beyond the limit designated by federal law. It is for these reasons that we demand that you step down as leader of this department. We ask that you respond to this letter within 72 hours."
The letter was signed by Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-1), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Rep. Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08), Rep. Norma J. Torres (CA-35), and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07).
The letter can be viewed here.