DHS warns of rise in domestic terrorism threats to Jewish, LGBTQ, and migrant communities

People attend a rally denouncing anti-Semitic violence on May 27, 2021 in Cedarhurst, New York.
People attend a rally denouncing anti-Semitic violence on May 27, 2021 in Cedarhurst, New York. Photo credit Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security issued a terrorism advisory bulletin on Wednesday, raising concerns about possible threats toward specific groups.

Among the groups named on the bulletin were those in LGBTQ, Jewish, and migrant communities. The bulletin warned of violent extremists inside the U.S. motivated by violent ideologies, who pose a “persistent and lethal threat,” a senior DHS official shared.

Intelligence officials have turned key over the last decade, with the focus of threats shifting from outside of the U.S. to those domestically. The bulletin was just the latest summary of national terrorism threats.

The report highlighted what it called an “enduring threat” to the Jewish community following a rise in antisemitic comments from several high-profile people like Kanye West. The DHS shared that having someone of West’s notoriety supporting conspiracy theories only helps extremism grow.

“Certainly the Jewish community seems particularly targeted in recent days by that kind of activity in our discourse,” the official said.

The bulletin also comes on the heels of former President Donald Trump’s meeting with well-known Holocaust denier and antisemite Nick Fuentes.

Several high-profile members of the Republican party have since condemned Trump for his actions, including Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (KY).

The report also highlighted “potential changes in border enforcement policy, an increase in noncitizens attempting to enter the U.S. or other immigration-related developments” as a possible reasons for more violence.

The DHS is preparing to lift COVID-19 restrictions known as Title 42, which would allow more migrants to enter the U.S. who are seeking asylum.

Concerns for the LGBTQ community also come following the shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado springs Colorado, the bulletin said.

Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement that the bulletin is meant to help draw attention to the "recent acts of targeted violence" and protect those at risk.

“To keep Americans safe, DHS is committed to working with partners across every level of government, in the private sector, and in local communities by sharing information, equipping communities with training and resources, and providing millions of dollars in grant funding for security enhancement and prevention,” Mayorkas said.

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