Editorials

Teddy Rebel in Portland

The political establishment in California has become self-admittedly secessionist in recent months, rebelling specifically against federal immigration policy and more broadly by raising the possibility of leaving a backward and reactionary country that does not share its culture and its politics.  The secessionist spirit is spreading on the left and in leftist portions of the country; most recently in Portland, Oregon, where the Democratic mayor, Ted Wheeler, who serves also as police commissioner, refused to use his authority to protect the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in the southwestern part of his city after it was surrounded and laid siege to by 200 protesters who occupied the site for 38 days after barricading the exits, blocking the driveway, sending guards to watch the doors, and trapping the workers inside.  When federal officers asked for help from the city police, they were informed by the Portland Police Bureau’s deputy chief that he was “[a]t this time denying your request for additional resources.”  Mayor Wheeler explained why: “I do not want the [Portland Police] to be engaged or sucked into a conflict, particularly from [sic] a federal agency that I believe is on the wrong track.  If [ICE] is looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place.”

Unlike the procedure at the border by which illegal immigrants were received...

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