Representative Malinowski Secures Funding to Fight Domestic Terrorism
(Washington, DC) At Representative Malinowski’s request, the Budget deal announced last night restores funding for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Programs to prevent domestic terrorism, including by white supremacists, that the Trump Administration cut in 2017.
On December 3rd, Representative Malinowski led a letter signed by 13 colleagues to the Appropriations Committee requesting new funding for the Office of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention in DHS. The final appropriations package provides $7.5 million for this office, an increase of $4.7 million over the previous year. This additional funding will allow the office to work with state and local governments across the United States to set up early warning systems and other mechanisms to intervene before extremist groups and individuals commit acts of violence.
The appropriations package also provides $10 million to reestablish the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grants program at DHS, which is the main vehicle used by the federal government to fund terrorism prevention and deradicalization efforts by state and local law enforcement and by non-governmental organizations. The grant program was set to expire and DHS had not put in a request to renew it.
Since his first days in Congress, Representative Malinowski has made the fight against white supremacist violence and domestic extremism a priority. According to the Anti-Defamation league, 100 percent of deadly terrorist attacks in the United States in 2018 were committed by domestic extremists groups. FBI Director Christopher Wray has said that a majority of domestic terrorism cases that the FBI investigates are related to white supremacist violence. In 2018, New Jersey had the third highest number of anti-Semitic incidents in the nation. New Jersey’s 7th district has seen an alarming increase of hate crimes, including swastikas painted on walls in high schools and anti-Semitic flyers found on doors. Faith institutions in New Jersey and across the country have increasingly been requesting a security presence from local law enforcement.
“Just last week, another act of hate targeting police officers and Jewish-Americans took four innocent lives in Jersey City,” said Congressman Malinowski. “It is well past time to take the threat of domestic terrorism as seriously as we’ve rightly taken the threat posed by international terrorist organizations, and to give our law enforcement and intelligence agencies the mandate and resources they need to keep us safe.”