U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stopped a Latino man without identifying themselves in Washington County, Oregon on Sept. 18.
The ICE agents demanded his name and claimed that he was in the U.S. illegally, notes The Oregonian.
The incident was filmed by a witness.
Isidro Andrade-Tafolla, longtime Washington County employee, and his wife had left a courthouse in the morning when they were followed and stopped by ICE agents in plain clothes.
A demonstration against arrests of undocumented immigrants had just ended at the courthouse.
One of the ICE agents showed Andrade-Tafolla and his wife a picture of a Latino man and claimed it was Andrade-Tafolla, which Andrade-Tafolla and his wife denied.
The ICE agents finally left after another ICE agent came to the scene said Andrade-Tafolla wasn’t the man in the photo.
Virginia Kice, an ICE spokeswoman, said the ICE agents followed procedure:
In this instance, our officers went to a specific location seeking a particular individual and interacted with someone whom they believed resembled our arrest target. It turned out the man was not the target and no further action was taken.
Kice also defended the ICE agents’ refusal to identify themselves by claiming that sometimes they don’t shows their IDs in potentially dangerous situations, even though police do.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon called the incident a “clear case of racial profiling,” and added: “ICE can’t just go around stopping anyone who looks Latino and asking them to show their papers. This is America.”
(Source: The Oregonian)