U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents excoriated Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) of violating the Constitution by actively enabling “Abolish ICE” protests in the nation’s 26th largest city. (Fox News)
The accusations were outlined in a cease-and-desist letter sent to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, saying he actively encouraged the protesters and their cause, while making sure Portland’s police wouldn’t crack down on them, thus creating “a zone of terror and lawlessness,” the Washington Times reported.
“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,” Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, the organization that sent the cease-and-desist letter, told the newspaper.
The letter demands Wheeler to make an apology and ensure the city’s police will protect all citizens in need, including those working for a federal agency. A letter advises that the city could be sued if the mayor’s response isn’t adequate.
“The mayor stated publicly that he supported the protests, which were supposed to be about protecting immigrant families. But what about the moms and dads that we had working in that building? What about their kids?” Crane continued. “These are questions that we’ll be expecting the mayor and city of Portland to be answering in the days to come.”
Portland lies at the epicenter of the nationwide movement to eradicate the federal immigration authority, a once radical idea that has gained steam in the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are two prominent proponents.
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