The taxpayers of Portland, Oregon, are picking up the tab for cleaning up the filthy mess laden with feces, trash and tents left at an Occupy ICE camp after police cleared out protesters Wednesday.
Instead of fining the protesters or holding them liable for cleaning up their own mess, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that the city will be paying for a substantial portion of the massive toxic cleanup effort.
“In fact, the protesters left it in such bad shape [that] the Portland Police Department was forced to cordon off a portion of the site and designate it a biohazard,” TheBlaze reported. “What a filthy cesspool – aren’t these people supposed to be environmentalists?”
Lawless litterers defending criminal aliens
The ultra-left demonstrators condemning the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for upholding the law and taking criminal aliens off the streets left the entire area covered with filth – instead of picking up after themselves.
“In the latest round of anti-ICE crusades, protesters set up an Occupy ICE camp and left the area absolutely ravaged,” TheBlaze’s Pat Gray noted. “Protesters called on the abolishment of ICE and left behind make-shift toilets, trash, furniture and tents.”
Books, toys, liquor bottles, plastic containers and wooden pallets were also left behind.
The city and TriMet – both part of the consortium that owns the land where the Occupy ICE protesters set up camp for five weeks – are footing the bill for the massive cleanup of the area that Portland Police Bureau officers declared a biohazard once they stepped foot on the site Wednesday.
The repulsive condition in which the demonstrators left their camp was condemned by Portland resident Frank Savage, who lives across the street from the site and expressed relief that the tactless, rowdy crowd is now gone – while rejoicing that things are back to normal.
“It was pretty disgusting that that’s how they were living back there,” Savage told the local KPTV Fox 12 station. “Getting tired of waking up to the bullhorn and the sounds and the cussing.”
The protesters apparently wore out their welcome from local residents and city officials alike, as the leader of Portland demanded that they leave the premises Monday, but they refused to evacuate until they were forced to do so by police two days later.
“Even after receiving orders from Mayor Ted Wheeler to leave on Monday, Occupy ICE PDX leaders affirmed they would not,” KPTV’s Marja Martinez recounted. “But, at around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Portland police entered the camp, clearing protesters.”
Even though the dirty protesters are now gone, their memory left through their debris will not be totally cleared out for some time.
“The city’s work is far from over – it is now hiring private contractors to handle the cleanup,” Martinez stressed. “Multnomah County inmates are also helping clean – some are receiving work time credit and financial incentives, according to the sheriff’s office.”
One TriMet official admitted that he had no idea why the city is not holding the protesters responsible for paying the exorbitant cleanup bill when asked for an explanation.
“I can’t answer that,” the TriMet leader told KPTV. “I just don’t think there is a mechanism to reimburse for the cost.”
Even though Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw said that the Occupy ICE protesters finally cleared out without having to issue them any tickets or arrest anyone, many in the city believe that citations and fines for littering and trespassing – after being ordered to leave – should have been issued to the protesters.
“For the most part, everything was done with very little incident,” Outlaw informed KPTV.
Welcoming illegals, rejecting upholders of the law
Occupy ICE protesters were camping out for more than a month to condemn ICE’s crackdown in the city to arrest illegal immigrants. The anti-ICE rallies echo the cry of “sanctuary cities” to the north and south – Seattle and San Francisco – where local authorities have refused to cooperate with ICE agents by not detaining criminal aliens until the federal agency picks them up to have them tried in a court of law and/or deported.
“The protesters advocated abolishing the agency – an objective that is increasingly being embraced by top mainstream Democrats in Congress, including U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts,” Fox News explained.
Not the first time … hopefully the last
Details about the Occupy ICE protesters getting a permit to stage their latest demonstration were not mentioned, but their unruly conduct and the condition in which they leave areas has called into question why Portland officials allow the group to assemble throughout the city.
In June, the pro-immigration activists demonstrated to bring up more objections they had against ICE – as well as the beef they have with President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration strategy to secure the border and deport illegals.
“This was the second time authorities had to intervene to disperse the protesters in Portland who set up camps,” Fox News’ Lukas Mikelionis pointed out. “Last month, Homeland Security police had to clear out activists who occupied an ICE building in the city in protest of President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy toward immigration and the separation of migrant children from their parents.”
Besides targeting ICE, the virulent Occupy ICE protesters also condemned law enforcement officers – making their demonstration last month look more like a BLM (Black Lives Matter) protest targeting cops.
“As officers were clearing up the building, protesters were heard chanting, ‘No racist police!’ and some activists were pointing in each of the officers’ faces and calling them ‘Nazis,’” Mikelionis added.