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UO Students Protest ICE Outside Lane County Sheriff's Office

Melorie Begay

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, today. They demanded that the sheriff address allegations that officers used state resources to aid arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

The University of Oregon’s student organization,Movimiento Estudantil Chicanx de Aztlán, or M.E.Ch.A, joined several other immigrant groups accusing the sheriff’s office of violating the state’s sanctuary law. Yomaira Tarula, co-director of M.E.Ch.A., says she’s a daughter of immigrants and is outraged by the allegations.

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Yomaira Tarula is the co-director of UO's M.E.Ch.A. student organization.

TARULA: “They’re violating our laws, like this is just another example of why we don’t trust them and we don’t need them if they’re going to be doing this to us.”

Tarula says M.E.Ch. A. plans on testifying at a board of commissioners meeting next week.

In a previous interview with KLCC, Sheriff Byron Trapp has said that no one at his department has violated Oregon’s sanctuary law.

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.