- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Employees of color at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Southwest Portland, Oregon, have reportedly been on the receiving end of an onslaught of racist taunts by the Occupy ICE protesters who set up camp there nearly six weeks ago.

Email records obtained by The Oregonian showed that several nonwhite federal officers reported racial abuse after the occupiers started their non-stop demonstration on June 17.

One black federal officer reported to an administrator that protesters yelled racial slurs, including “blood traitor,” “Uncle Tom” and the N-word.

“These racial slurs have been directed at me throughout the entire length of the deployment,” the officer reportedly wrote.

A female officer, who is of Hispanic and Native American descent, said she was called derogatory terms for Hispanic people and told she is “a weak female” and a “traitor,” The Oregonian reported.



“I was berated for so long I can’t even remember everything that was told to me,” the officer wrote.

According to that email, an official responded: “I am very sorry for anything that was said to you! You know that I know you are a rockstar!”

A third officer reported that he and other federal agents had been “insulted and harassed almost nonstop” by demonstrators, the emails showed.

“They have yelled continuously that they hope we die, they hope our families die,” the officer wrote.

Marshall Runkel, chief of staff for Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, on Tuesday confirmed to The Oregonian that he heard reports about the verbal altercations between officers and protesters, but he declined to go into detail.

The occupiers, who have been demonstrating against President Trump’s immigration policies at the facility, were ordered to leave before midnight Tuesday or face arrest. Neighbors complained that what started as a political protest ended up serving as a homeless encampment where neighborhood residents no longer felt safe.

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