Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been told to be ready for possible unrest in Washington, D.C., on Election Day, NBC News reports.
An anonymous ICE official told NBC News that agents were ready to secure federal buildings and work with local police.
The unusual move is just the latest reported effort from across the country to prepare for possible unrest as a result of Tuesday’s election.
Two officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told NBC News that the move was also in response to nationwide protests and attacks on federal property this year following police killings of unarmed African Americans. While many of those protests were peaceful, some turned violent.
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