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US Protesters block ICE from detaining two Mexican immigrants for 12 hours

17:02  13 august  2020
17:02  13 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Federal agents deployed non-lethal munitions, tear gas and pepper spray to disperse hundreds of protesters who were attempting to prevent the removal of two wanted Mexican illegal immigrants All day in Bend, Ore. far-left radicals prevented ICE from transporting arrested illegal foreign nationals.

Demonstrators had blocked unmarked white buses with ICE detainees inside for about 12 hours before federal agents arrived. Federal agents tear-gassed a crowd of hundreds in Bend, Ore., late on Wednesday after they spent hours blocking officials from removing two Mexican immigrants from

Federal agents on Wednesday night reportedly deployed tear gas and less-than-lethal munitions at a crowd of protesters in Bend, Ore., who had surrounded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vehicles after two Mexican immigrants were detained.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters block ICE from detaining two Mexican immigrants for 12 hours © Twitter Protesters block ICE from detaining two Mexican immigrants for 12 hours

Approximately 300 people in the central Oregon city gathered around two buses around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and remained there until nightfall to protest immigration officials' actions, according to The Bend Bulletin. Photos and videos posted on social media showed a crowd of people standing in front of the vehicles as Border Patrol agents stood off to the side.

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The group was there to protest the border policies for immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico . A rally at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station took a swift turn when hundreds of protesters saw a bus arriving with child migrants — and they blocked its passage.

Detaining undocumented immigrants is the most expensive part of the deportation process because it entails providing food, shelter, medical treatment and other necessities. Mexicans caught illegally crossing the border for the first time are returned almost immediately because of proximity.

The protesters dispersed at about 11 p.m. after federal officers deployed tear gas and other munitions, giving the agency a chance to escort the individuals off the bus and to another vehicle, The Washington Post reported.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cucinelli said in a statement that the activity in Bend was a part of ICE's "mission to arrest criminal aliens presenting a danger to public safety and take them off the street."

"The two individuals arrested each had a history of violent criminal behavior," Cucinelli said. "While ICE respects the rights of people to voice their opinion peacefully that does not include illegally interfering with their federal law enforcement duties."

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Protesters rallying outside an ICE detention center in Rhode Island said they were pepper sprayed during a confrontation with guards on Wednesday, April 14.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) begins DNA testing on asylum seekers, threatening to separate families if they don’t allow it. Such expedited removals were previously used for immigrants in the U.S. two weeks or less, apprehended near the border.

DHS nor ICE released any information identifying the men taken into custody. However, activists identified the individuals as longtime residents Josué Arturo Cruz Sanchez and Marco Zeferino, according to the Post.

ICE declined to confirm the individuals' identities when contacted by The Hill, citing pending litigation.

The Bend Police Department released a statement late Wednesday stressing that it was not associated with ICE's actions in the city. The police later added that "it appears federal agents have left the area."

"The attendees of the first amendment event appear to have dispersed peacefully," police said.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a series of tweets that he was "disgusted" with the actions of the federal government. He also noted that he, Gov. Kate Brown (D) and other local officials were unsuccessful in their attempts to broker a resolution with DHS.

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An ICE spokesman said it does not detain unaccompanied children. ICE estimates an average stay of 44 days, but thousands of immigrants have been held far longer. In one case heard by the Supreme Court, an immigrant spend three years in detention.

Four protesters were handcuffed and charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to move away from a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle carrying detained migrant

"Federal troops stormed the buses in full tactical gear. Unnecessary and outrageous. Never did I think I would see this in my country," he added in a tweet with the hashtag #Vote.

Activists claimed that federal officers never presented a warrant or documentation before proceeding with an arrest.

"The only resolution that we're accepting is that they show us documentation that the men were allowed to be detained, and there's nothing we can do legally, or the [American Civil Liberties Union] files an emergency motion that gets them off," Luke Richter, founder of Central Oregon Peacekeepers, told The Bulletin.

The ACLU's Oregon chapter announced late Wednesday that Innovation Law Lab, a nonprofit group focused on criminal justice, filed an emergency motion to block DHS from transporting the men outside of the District Court of Oregon's jurisdiction.

"It is a fundamental violation of their legal rights, and an unspeakable breach of community trust," Erin Carter, an attorney with Bend Immigration Group and volunteer with Innovation Law Lab, said in a statement.

The actions of ICE amid President Trump's time in the White House has given rise to similar protests in other U.S. cities. In July 2019, a group of neighbors and activists gathered outside the home of a Tennessee man to thwart ICE officers from detaining him.

UPDATED 9:29 a.m.

Federal agents arrived in Bend, Oregon, after activists blocked ICE bus .
Federal agents made their way early this morning to a city in Oregon after protesters blocked a bus carrying people in ICE custody. © KTVZ Protesters blocking a bus carrying individuals in ICE custody in Bend, Oregon, near the 500 block of SW Industrial Way. The City of Bend Police Department confirmed federal agents had arrived on the scene but local police were not assisting them. Police Chief Mike Krantz said the department was made aware that ICE agents were in the city for an investigation, "however we were not made aware of their detailed plans.

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