Mayor Walsh today joined a dozen other mayors - including those of Portland, OR and Chicago - in letters that demand the Justice Department and Homeland Security go find something to do other than kidnapping people walking down the street and that Congress put an end to the practice.
Walsh emphasized he has no information that federal Little Green Men are headed to Boston, but added "I want to make it absolutely clear that it is not welcome in Boston."
In their letter to Attorney General William Barr and un-confirmed Homeland Security Director Chad Wolf, the mayors say it's time for the president to stop sowing "fear and mistrust" and breaking the Constitution:
The unilateral deployment of these forces into American cities is unprecedented and violates fundamental constitutional protections and tenets of federalsim. ...
Deployment of federal forces in the streets of our communities has not been requested nor is it acceptable. While U.S. Marshals have had jurisdiction inside federal courthouses for decades, it is unacceptable and chilling that this administration has formed and deployed a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Rapid Deployment Unit and is sending federal authorities to conduct crowd control on city streets and detain individuals. In Portland, their actions have escalated events and increased the risk of violence against both civilians and local law enforcement officers.
In Portland, federal forces have used significant force against protesters on a nightly basis, including shooting one individual in the head with a munition, reportedly fracturing his skull. Others "snatched" an individual from the street without proper identification and placed him in an unmarked vehicle. These are tactics we expect from authoritarian regimes - not our democracy.