Trump did not consult the Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, or the Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, when he sent ICE and other members of Homeland Security’s untrained army to invade the city of Portland Oregon.
Trump’s ‘storm troopers’ arrived in unmarked vehicles, wearing military gear, without any insignia identifying them as agents of Trump’s failing government, and began to place peaceful protesters in their unmarked vehicles, whisking them off to a federal detention facility. These American citizens were not even “asked for their papers.” An act of pure fascism by your fake-president.
“The tactics that the Trump administration are using on the streets of Portland are abhorrent,” Mayor Ted Wheeler told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
“People are being literally scooped off the street into unmarked vans, rental cars, apparently. They are being denied probable cause. And they are denied due process. They don’t even know who’s pulling them into the vans. The people aren’t identifying themselves. And, as far as I can see, this is completely unconstitutional,” Wheeler said.
The protests in Portland have been ongoing for 50 days. After Trump’s gestapo arrived, one protester was shot in the face by a supposedly ‘non-lethal’ bullet. He was rushed to a local hospital, bleeding profusely and required reconstructive surgery.
Earlier Sunday, President Donald Trump, who has called for an aggressive federal response to protests around the country, in violation of the first amendment, weighed in on his administration’s actions in the city in a tweet, writing: “We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it.”
The New York Times reported on Saturday that federal law enforcement agents who have been deployed to the city “were not specifically trained in riot control or mass demonstrations,” according to an internal DHS memo the newspaper obtained.
Once again a rash decision by the moron in the White House has harmed America. The man-child who claims to “know everything” continues to prove that he “knows nothing.” ICE is not a well-trained gestapo. The truth is that they are unnecessary and cause a great deal of harm. Their concentration camps on or near our southern border are the nightmares of innocent men, women and children who believe in human rights.
ICE was created in 2003 in a “knee jerk” reaction to the creation of the unconstitutional “Patriot Act.” They were and are not needed. The United States Border Patrol should have received increased funding and a greater number of agents who were well-trained.
Portland must be the last city in the United States to be invaded by Trump’s personal army of thugs and criminals. Until Trump and his party repeal the Constitution, it is the Law of the Land, and violating the laws included in the Bill of Rights must be punished severely.
Trump should be impeached once again. He is the enemy of the United States of America. His personal beliefs in white supremacy, homophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, plutocracy, and fascism must not be allowed to become the norm.
Prior to 2017 I loved my country. Today I don’t recognize it. I feel as though I am living in 1930’s Germany.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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