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‘Nobody can escape,’ ICE raids turn Oregon city into a ‘ghost town’ – that’s a real headline

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For those who may have wondered what would happen if Immigration and Customs Enforcement were to show up at a pro-illegal immigration protest, a town in Oregon offers a clue.

The Oregonian headline describing the town of Woodburn — ‘Everyone is affected.’ Immigration raids turn Oregon city into ghost town — not only details the impact of a crack down on illegal immigration but may be a good indication of how rampant the problem is in the United States.

The article’s sympathetic tone is unmistakable. Many of those in the country illegally are described as “Mexican parents who fled violence to pick berries.” Readers are told that children are terrified and mothers cower in their homes, too afraid to go to the grocery to buy food.

But then, the town is not representative of the average American city.

“More than a quarter of Woodburn’s 25,000 residents are undocumented. Nearly half struggle to speak English,” The Oregonian reported, after noting that “Latinos aren’t the fringe but the very fabric of the town.”

All of which suggests that sanctuary cities and states are indeed magnets for illegal immigrants.

And that President Donald Trump is following through on his campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration, particularly those with a criminal background.

“Almost everybody in town is impacted,” said school superintendent Chuck Ransom.

“Everybody knows somebody or is related to somebody for whom that situation is real,” he added. “Nobody can escape.”

And business owners in the town are feeling the effects, to include a clothing store that sells leather boots and cowboy hats.

“I depend on people, whether they are legal or illegal,” Cesar Mora told the Oregonian — in Spanish.

Tom Tillison


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