SAN ANTONIO, Tx. – The FBI is investigating after someone allegedly fired shots into multiple federal immigration office buildings in San Antonio early on Tuesday morning.
And ICE said it was targeted and politically motivated.
No one was injured in the gunfire, but tensions are obviously extremely high in the current political climate. Investigators say the two shootings were coordinated attacks.
Within the last month, federal immigration officials and properties have been attacked four times.
Four. In a month.
Now ICE has released a statement claiming the shooting was sparked by “political rhetoric” and “misinformation” about the Trump administration’s detention policies, the BBC reported.
Investigators say that around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, shots were fired into a window of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and a Removal Operations Field office.
The shooting at an @ICEgov office this morning is (at least) the 4th anti-ICE incident in about a month
Aug. 13 – San Antonio, TX
July 16 – Washington, DC
July 14 – Tacoma, WA
July 12 – Aurora, COhttps://t.co/pnFJacdsrX
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 13, 2019
The FBI confirmed that no suspects have been arrested as of yet, but agents are searching through security footage for any leads as to who might be responsible. Head of FBI San Antonio Christopher Combs called the shootings “cowardly, brazen, violent acts”.
“To fire indiscriminately into any building especially a federal facility is not an act of protest- it’s an act of violence,” Combs said. “And in in this case it’s an act of violence that could have resulted in the assassination of a federal employee. That cannot happen in San Antonio.”
ICE condemned the shootings and urged for people to stop the hateful acts against the federal officials.
“This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk,” said Daniel Bible, ICE’s director for San Antonio.
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Combs went on to say that those responsible for the attacks obviously “did some research” because they “knew what floors ICE was on, and they hit those”.
“All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices,” Combs said, calling the incident “a very targeted attack”.
— USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli (@USCISCuccinelli) August 13, 2019
Though no one was injured, Combs said “we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official” had the shots “gone two inches in another direction”.
GEO Group VP of of Corporate Relations Pablo Paez condemned the shooters’ actions.
“These are politically motivated attacks,” Paez said. “We have been a services provider to the federal government for over 30 years. The fact is that the services we provide in our facilities today are in no way different than the high quality, professional services under the same standards that we provided for eight years under President Obama’s administration. So where was the outrage then?”
Just one day ahead of the shooting, protesters with multiple activist groups shouted threats at workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE for facility and detention space.
Those “activist” groups included Never Again Action, Miramar Circle of Protection Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees, Food Not Bombs Fort Lauderdale, Students Working for Equal Rights, and the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County.
According to a report by Breitbart:
A group of open borders activists threatened employees of a government contractor in Florida that provides facility space for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to detain border crossers and immigrants not in the country legally the day before a shooting at the contractor’s offices in Texas.
A protester specifically threatened GEO Group’s former general counsel John Bulfin, shouting the locations and addresses of where his children live in the United States.
“We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out],” the protester shouted. “We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”
They went on to threaten his home. His pets.
“We know where you sleep at night,” another protester shouted. “We know what kind of dog food you buy your dogs.”
His place of worship.
“We’re not actually joking,” the protester said before shouting the location of where Bulfin lives. “John Bulfin you go to [bleeped out], you go to church on [bleeped out], you live on [bleeped out the] road. We are not joking.”
These politically charged acts must cease. We have to give our federal law enforcement officials the ability to enforce the law without having their safety and the safety of their families compromised.