Portland officials continued their struggle with the region’s spiraling homeless crisis this week; deploying “mobile hygiene stations” and temporary toilets to tent cities and illegal encampments.
“As the homeless crisis continues to simmer in Oregon’s largest city, local officials working with nonprofit groups have deployed mobile hygiene stations in a bid to clean up some of the largest encampments,” reports Fox News. “Portland, with a metropolitan area of about 2.4 million people, has joined West Coast cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco in struggling with a growing homeless crisis that ranks among the worst in the country.”
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Portland has the fourth highest number of transient people in the United States when adjusted for total population; double the national average.
These are campsites that for a very long time have been generating concerns and safety issues,” Denis Theiault, a spokesman for the Joint Office for Homeless Services, told FOX12 on Tuesday. “Not just public safety issues but health and safety issues for the folks who are camping there as well as the folks who are near those sites.”
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PORTLAND PAYBACK: ICE Says Mayor ‘Created a ZONE OF TERROR’ Around Immigration Agents
The employee union behind the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency claimed the mayor of Portland created a “zone of terror” around the department’s offices this week; adding he turned control of the city over to an “angry mob.”
National ICE Council President Chris Crane unloaded on Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler Monday, accusing the local politician of putting the lives of ICE agents at risk to promote a political agenda.
“The mayor stated publicly that he supported the protests, which were supposed to be about protecting immigrant families. But what about the moms and dads that we had working in that building? What about their kids?” asked Crane.
“These are questions that we’ll be expecting the mayor and city of Portland to be answering in the days to come,” he added.
“For now, a handful of ICE officers and staff are taking this mayor and city on all by ourselves,” Crane said. “We’ll fight alone for the rule of law and safety of our employees nationwide if that’s what it takes, but someone on our side would be a welcome change moving forward.”
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ANARCHY IN OREGON: Antifa Attacks Rock Portland, Riot Police Dispatched
Riot police were dispatched Saturday night after a march for “Law and Order” turned violent on the streets of Portland Oregon; descending into an all-out brawl after “rival political factions” attacked each other.
“Members of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and their black-clad adversaries, known as antifa, used bear spray, bare fists and batons to thrash each other outside Kelly’s Olympian, a popular bar on Southwest Washington Street,” writes the Oregonian.
“The melee, which lasted more than a minute, ended when riot cops rushed in and fired pepper balls at the street fighters,” adds the article.
The stunning violence comes just days after leading Democrats -including former Attorney General Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton- fired-off heated rhetoric that urged their supporters to ramp-up confrontations with Republican voters and politicians.
“When they go low, we kick them!” yelled Holder at a recent speaking event.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” said Clinton during an interview with CNN.
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