In response to Canada’s current “Freedom Convoy” protests, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared a national emergency so as to better battle the expanding movement that has since brought parts of his country to a standstill.
But amid the ongoing protests in Canada, there is now a newfound worry that similar movements may start to take place here in the United States, and if so, many are curious what exact power and authority can United States President Joe Biden invoke to quell any potential protests before they grow out of hand.
According to Fox News, Biden has the power to deploy more members of the Department of Homeland Security much like he did on Friday to proactively ensure no blockades would disrupt the Super Bowl. Biden deployed more than 500 members of the DHS to quell any potential disruptions, and he still has the power to deploy more members if such a situation arises.
Biden is also being “regularly briefed” regarding Canada’s current “Freedom Convoy” protest, and both his Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and his Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg are reportedly in close contact with their Canadian fellow Canadian diplomats.
In fact, the Department of Homeland Security may be Biden’s best asset regarding his use of his federal powers. The DHS has already allegedly found evidence of a potential protest planned in Washington D.C. much like that of the “Freedom Convoy.”
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“The Department of Homeland Security is ‘aware’ of reports of the organizing of a similar ‘Freedom Convoy’ event set to take place in Washington D.C., next month,” a recent report revealed before adding that the DHS “is taking all necessary steps to ensure that the convoy does not disrupt lawful trade and transportation or interfere with federal government and law enforcement operations and emergency services."
Besides Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas and Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg being in close contact with their Canadian counterparts, President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau have also been in close communication.
“President Biden and I both agree that for the security of the people and the economy, these blockades cannot continue,” Trudeau said on Friday.
“Everything is on the table because this unlawful activity has to end — and it will end. Of course, I can’t say too much more now as to exactly when or how this ends because, unfortunately, we are concerned about violence.”