Tell DHS: Stop endangering peaceful protestors

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security

On June 7, helicopters from the Department of Homeland Security/ Customs & Border Protection were deployed against water protectors in northern Minnesota at the Mississippi River headwaters. Activists chained themselves to a pump station used by Enbridge to build Line 3, a massive pipeline that would carry dirty tar sands from Canada to Wisconsin and beyond.

Federal Aviation Administration regulations require that helicopters stay 500 feet above people, because the powerful rotor wash can stir up clouds of dust and debris. Eyewitness reports and video put the helicopters as close as 20 feet above the heads of water protectors.

The Army concluded that use of DHS helicopters to break up a Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020, hovering 100 feet above protestors, was a misuse of military equipment. Democrats were rightfully outraged against Trump then. It’s no better when the Biden DHS does the same thing.

Sign now to tell the DHS: stop endangering peaceful protestors.

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To: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security
From: [Your Name]

The tactics used by the US Border Patrol at the Line 3 protest in Minnesota this week are outrageous and immoral. The use of a low-altitude rotor wash sent dust and debris into the faces of water protectors who couldn't get out of the way, violating FAA helicopter regulations and directly endangering the health and safety of peaceful protestors. The Department of Homeland Security must stop endangering peaceful protestors.