ICE officers sent a cease-and-desist letter Monday to the mayor in Portland, Oregon, demanding he apologizes for ordering city police to stand down as protesters ravaged the immigration agency’s headquarters and menaced its employees.
Agency employees say they were harassed, followed and had their personal vehicles damaged when protesters tried to block them from leaving. They say Portland police refused to respond, under orders from Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said he backed the protesters over the feds.
The police were on the sidelines of the Occupy ICE protest as they shut down U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s building on Macadam Avenue for a week in June and manned an encampment to continue harassing employees for more than a month.
Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council said in a statement: “When the mayor gave the order that police would not support ICE employees trapped in the facility, he turned the lives of our employees over to an angry mob,” He went on to say “The mayor stated publicly that he supported the protests, which were supposed to be about protecting immigrant families, but what about the mom’s and dad’s that we had to work in that building? What about their kids? These are questions that we’ll be expecting the mayor and city of Portland to be answering in the days to come.”
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