Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said an invitation from local leaders is not needed in order to send in federal law enforcement to cities in an interview Wednesday with FOX News host Harris Faulkner.
HARRIS FAULKNER, FOX HOST: I want to bring in now acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
Great to see you on the program today. Appreciate your time.
You know, I want to start off by putting even more information up. Let's take a look at this.
Our senior judicial analyst here at Fox News, Judge Andrew Napolitano, said this in an op-ed. Arrests by feds are unlawful because federal agents are selectively arresting folks and not even pretending to be enforcing law and state laws -- local and state laws.
Under federal law, the feds may not deploy police or military domestically unless the state legislature or the state governor requests it. Neither has been done so far for Portland.
What's your response to that, Secretary Wolf?
CHAD WOLF, ACTING HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: Well, thanks for having me on.
And it's -- I'm shocked by that statement by the judge. Clearly he has it wrong. Once he goes back and looks at it and understands it, we have the authority to protect the federal courthouse there in Portland.
We have the authority to make arrests on individuals that are targeting that courthouse, committing criminal acts against that courthouse and our law enforcement officers.
The law is very clear about this. We do not need an invitation from the governor or the mayor to do that. Just as any other federal law enforcement agency, such as the FBI, does not need an invitation to go in to investigate a criminal act and make arrests. So it's a completely inaccurate statement.
We -- now, in all instances, we try to work with state and local officials. In any other state, in any other city, we're able to do that.
What is going on in Portland, and it's very important, it's very different than any other city. We have thousands of anarchists every night between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. doing violent acts against the courthouse, very violent acts against law enforcement officers. And we have state and local police units not doing anything about it, because they've been directed not to make arrests.