Before the Super Bowl, DHS is increasing additional staff to its Incident Command Post in Los Angeles, nearby SoFi Stadium. More than 500 DHS personnel are already giving air and maritime security resources, which is a part of the standard operating process before Sunday.
According to reports, the convoy could then lead east, maybe landing in Washington, D.C. in time for President Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1.
The report cautions that the convoy “could severely disrupt transportation, the federal government, and law enforcement operations through gridlock and potential counter-protests.”
The caution arrives since the trucker protest in Canada starts to halt production at several U.S. auto plants that are operating short on parts.
No Hints of Planned Violence Currently
According to the reports, the DHS “has received reports of truck drivers planning to potentially block roads in major metropolitan cities in the United States in protest of, among other things, vaccine mandates for truck drivers.”
The convoy will likely start in California as soon as the middle of February and come to Washington, DC, as late as the middle of March, potentially affecting the Super Bowl LVI slated for February 13 and the State of the Union address scheduled for March 1.
The report says “While there are currently no indications of planned violence, if hundreds of trucks converge in a major metropolitan city, the potential exists to severely disrupt transportation, federal government operations, commercial facilities, and emergency services through gridlock and potential counter-protests.”
“According to law enforcement sources, the group intends to start in California and travel to Washington, D.C., reportedly gathering truckers as they travel across the country; It has also been suggested that truckers from Canada may join the Washington, D.C. event.”
On Tuesday, the caution was given out to law enforcement across the nation and Yahoo News was the first to report this.
Biden Administration Monitoring Situation Closely
On Thursday, the White House officials stated that the Biden administration is reviewing the condition at the border very closely. The White House said, “We are principally focused on resolving the blockage at the Ambassador Bridge as well as other ports of entry.”
The Windsor Detroit Ambassador Bridge continued to be shut on Thursday, but the detour port, Port Huron, is completely in operation.
The Cabinet and senior White House staff have been involved day and night to get the situation to a quick end, according to White House officials.
On Thursday morning, White House officials mentioned that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg each talked to their Canadian counterparts, requesting them to make use of federal powers to settle the condition and provide the full backing of the U.S. Homeland Security and Transportation departments.
According to reports of a probable “Freedom Convoy” event in Washington D.C. at the beginning of March, the DHS notes it’s “aware of these reports and 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.” But the department says that it has no hint that people engaged are involved in anything apart from First Amendment-protected activity.
Canadian Authorities Requested to Reopen the Passageway
In a Thursday statement, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer requested Canadian authorities to resume the passageway.
Whitmer said “My message is simple: Reopen traffic on the bridge,” further added “The Ambassador Bridge is the busiest land border crossing in North America, used by tens of thousands of commuters and truck drivers carrying hundreds of millions of dollars of goods every day. Countless Michiganders rely on this daily flow of goods and people to get things done.”