On human rights day in Portland Oregon, protesters and
local activists occupied three key locations with one of
them being the Multnomah building in southeast Portland
where they aimed to hold Sheriff Daniel Staton
accountable for the county ICE immigration holds that
target hispanic americans as well as other minoritys and
often times ends in deportation and separation of familys.
The california law that has now spread into federal law,
mandates that those deemed "suspicious" of being illegal
aliens be subject to federal INS holds under the
"discression" of the county, and is not mandatory.
Over 100 people attended this rally and demonstration,
and all of them proceeded to enter the building as it
was verified that Sheriff Staton was in his office. A
conference was arranged by a staff member and
delegates met with him to discuss his role in placing
the ICE holds and to ask him to stop the federal-county
collaborations. County Commission Chair Jeff Cogen
was also notified and came down to address the mass
of citizens with a positive statement. This action was
organized by Portland Jobs With Justice, ACT, Dream
Activists, PCASC, and other Portland Occupiers.