This is what you get when you insert the radical narrative that criminals are victims.
Despite what the media may tell you ad nauseam, not all protests are “peaceful.” I know. I’ve seen it first hand. But, what happens when that radical ideology puts people’s safety at risk?
Just look at what’s happening in Portland concerning the “Occupy ICE” protests. People had basically set up a tent city around the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices, domestic terrorist group Antifa once again displayed their hatred of anything not Communist, and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler let his animus towards President Trump cloud his better judgment.
Case in point: he reportedly instructed local law enforcement officers to ignore 9-1-1 calls from ICE agents requesting help dealing with violent protesters.
And a representative for an ICE union isn’t taking Wheeler’s ideological agenda lying down anymore.
Sean J. Riddell — a representative for the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, a union for federal workers — sent a letter to Wheeler condemning the mayor’s policy of not allowing Portland law enforcement to aid ICE agents in cases of emergency. Riddell wrote that Wheeler’s actions “is a violation of the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.”
The Daily Caller reported that “police refused to respond to at least two 911 emergency calls from [ICE] employees inside their offices where violent protesters held week-long demonstrations.”
“As you are aware,” Riddel wrote, “the 14th Amendment forbids the government from denying any person or persons equal protection of the laws.”
Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states the following:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Wheeler essentially decried his support of the protesters on June 20 when he posted multiple tweets concerning the federal government’s “separation of very small children from their parents.” You can view Wheeler’s Twitter thread here.
Riddell continued in the letter, not mincing his words:
You have failed to articulate why these people deserve to be the target of your ire and, you have failed to articulate the legitimate government interest protected or supported by your targeting of hardworking citizens. We understand that you have a difference of opinion with the current President of the United States, and some of his policies, but we fail to see why targeting the employees of ICE and leaving them vulnerable to violence, harassment and even death furthers a legitimate government interest. Your policy has created a zone of terror and lawlessness. We ask that you end your policy of not responding to calls for police services from ICE employees immediately. Our membership has been the subjected to threats of physical violence and harassment since you announced your policy.
For an example of the “zone of terror and lawlessness Riddell wrote about, watch below (WARNING: Some strong language):
Riddell closed his letter to Wheeler by issuing a threat of legal action should ICE agents not receive the same protections as anyone else.
“We would like to avoid federal litigation,” Riddell closed, “but we are prepared to protect our membership and their families.”
ICE agents are people too — and as such — deserve the same equal protection under the law that any “peaceful protester” does.