Portland Paints Bull’s Eye on Its Back

Portland, Oregon, may finally have gone off the deep end. Concerned about “immigrants’ rights,” the Portland City Council has voted to withdraw the city’s police department from the FBI-coordinated Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Following the vote, officers of the Portland Bureau of Police will no longer serve on the JTTF.

The JTTF was formed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, to improve information-sharing between federal and local law enforcement agencies. Representatives from federal agencies and local police departments work side-by-side, in regional JTTF offices, in order to improve the kind of face-to-face information sharing that is essential to finding and foiling terrorist plots. Regional JTTF units have dismantled a number of terror cells, including the “Portland Seven” (residents of Portland who attempted to join the Taliban).

As of December 23, 2015, the FBI had approximately 70 open terror investigations in the state of Oregon. The federal government has not published updated numbers since then but, given the ongoing strife in the Middle East, it is not likely to have dropped. Therefore, it may seem odd that Portland would choose to withdraw from a program intended to protect it from terrorism.

But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a major participant in the JTTF program. And Portland has been at the forefront of the sanctuary city movement, readily jumping on the “abolish ICE” bandwagon. In fact, Willamette Week proudly proclaimed, in a recent article, that, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Hates Portland.” The publication asserts that, “Portland has mastered the art of frustrating and confounding federal immigration officials.”.

However, it would be more accurate to say that the City of Portland hates ICE. This is, after all, the town where Antifa-style agitators surrounded ICE’s offices and overtly threatened the agency’s employees. How did the City of Roses respond? The mayor told the police not to intervene.

Portland has based its anti-ICE biases on the absurd fantasy that foreign nationals have an unfettered “human right” to enter and remain in the United States, when, and for as long as, they see fit. That, of course, is nonsense. And while ICE is responsible for removing immigration violators, it doesn’t fulfill this responsibility arbitrarily and capriciously. In fact, foreigners in U.S. Immigration Court get more due process than the average Frenchman gets in a Paris murder trial.

However, ICE is also responsible for interdicting terrorists and dismantling terror organizations. And it’s a key player in the JTTF’s because, “Foreign terrorists need to move money, weapons and people across international borders to conduct their operations, and ICE holds a unique set of law enforcement tools for disrupting these illicit activities.”

In a classic case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face, Portland has now isolated itself from that unique set of law enforcement tools. And anyone who knows anything about how terrorist organizations work can easily guess what city has just become the most likely target for the next attack.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    And that bulls eye is a great big nasty boil on Oregons butt! And it needs to be lanced and disinfected!

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    OMG! They can join Minnesota as a breeding ground for ISIS, other terrorist groups. Join California, New York and New Jersey as home base for illegal immigrants and tops on illegal alien crime. I can hear all the moving vans! lol

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    William Lee Kohler on

    A lifelong Oregonian here and I would royally LOVE to see portland go down in flames! They deserve any bad outcome that comes their way for ruining the rest of the state with their tail wagging the dog politics and lack of morals.

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    I live in the state of Oregon and it’s a beautiful state but unfortunately overrun with insane libtard demon rats! It’s a dirty rotten shame that these morons are destroying such a gorgeous state.

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    You don’t have to listen closely at all to hear property prices plummeting. Or the brakes screeching to a halt, as real estate sales drop. Or stop. Guess we need the wall turning north, and extended from California to Canada

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      William Lee Kohler on

      Dropping ? Really? Not anywhere near Eugene for sure. Prices are still Way WAY beyond ridiculous for land and houses. I won’t call them homes as today it seems they’re just deemed “investments” Fall baby fall!

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    Oregon and Washington were ruined years ago by all the California idiots moving North in the 70’s and 80’s now their kids grew up brain washed by their brain dead parents and look at the mess they have now
    Incredible numbers of homeless living along side the road no public safety
    I could only hope a Atomic bomb would fall on Portland to clean up the mess that once nice state has

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      Catherine Towbin on

      you nailed that one -I’m in Washington state-Californias leave their democrat policy made sh-thole,come here for jobs, bring in their crap politics and POOF!!Welcome to the next
      sh_thole!Washington is trying to pass legislation for WA to be split into 2 states,because people here are fed up and Patty Murray and her side kick have the IQ of a hemorrhoid.

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    Yourprob Notmine on

    I doubt that it would bother me one bit if Portland became the major victim of a terrorist attack OR a hornet’s nest of illegal alien drug dealers fighting it out on the streets with automatic weapons.
    Since it’s clear that the citizens of that city were stupid enough to vote for those who’d paint a bulls eye on their location, who am I to be concerned about their welfare. I might even pay to have a few “Gun Free and Sanctuary City- Illegals and Terrorists Welcome!” for them.
    Heck, if it would help other cities from being targets I’d be passing out fliers with map coordinates and directions on the fastest route to there from anywhere on the Southern Border. Directions would state in all of the appropriate languages that their presence is not only expected, its wanted. Then send them on their way.
    And no, I would shed no tears for what is likely to follow.

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    JUST LIKE CANADA … Where ALL the illegal and Legal Immigrants are pouring in from are of ISLAMIC DECENT. They have OVER POPULATED, Grouped Together and TAKEN CONTROL of a small town, then a large big city and now the STATE OF OREGON. Regular American Citizens NO LONGER Control or have any say in OREGON LAWS. Ummmm…. It may be time for an intervention of the STATE? The FBI needs to take a long sideways look at OREGON and access what is happening in that State? YOU SEE FOLKS we have just as much trouble on our NORTHERN BORDER? MAYBE EVEN WORSE TROUBLE? The Northern Border illegal immigrants MEAN TO COMPLETELY TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE STATE. The Southern Border illegal immigrants mean to live off the STATE? Or possibly get a job? And the SOUTHERN BORDER makes a Perfect DISTRACTION. Yi-Yi-Yi….Look down there While we run in UP HERE! LOL …AMERICANS we can only make sure we VOTE REPUBLICAN to save our Country. I don’t see any other Party interested in FREEDOM. You gotta FIGHT for FREEDOM. Not Free ya know.

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    Portland is a lawless city. Not only did the police refuse to do anything when leftist protestors were shutting down the ICE office and threatening employees, they have stood aside while ANTIFA protestors have harassed and intimidated motorists who just happened to be driving by their protests. How is this happening in the US? If a local government refuses to maintain order without an agenda in mind then the federal government needs to intervene.

    There’s been a lot of talk about the actor who filed an obviously fake hate crime report, and a lot of the comments say what he did “takes away from the real episodes that happen every day”. Uh no, because a large number of those incidents that make the news subsequently turn out to also have been done by the supposed victim. There are websites that document that. The problem, as always, is that the media reports the charge with an uncritical eye and then they fail to report when the story fails apart. This story was just too big to ignore. It’s similar to when the media carried on for a week about the 2 year old girl who was supposedly separated from her mother at the border a few months ago, based solely on the word of one reporter. When that story fell apart the media moved on without an explanation or retraction.

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    I wonder if Portlanders or Oregonians know that their elected officials don’t give a rodent’s posterior about public safety?

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    This doesn’t surprise me. These liberal sanctuary cities have taken a nosedive. Ditto for liberal states in general — Oregon, Washington, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another terrorist attack to wake us up. A lot of the people who live in this country — e.g., slick politicians and their low-information voters — are just plain not good enough for it.

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      The NORTHERN Border is under Siege. The Islamic folks have taken over CANADA. Now they are eating their way down into AMERICA. OVER POPULATION WORKS. And so dies Look Down Here (Mexican/USA Borders) While they run in UP Here NORTHERN border. THE NORTHERN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS MEAN TO TAKE OVER. While the Southern Illegal Immigrants mean to live off the USA. So, what is worse? That’s where we should concentrate folks. GO LOOK AT CANADA’s MUSLIM ISSUES. Now they are AMERICA’S ISSUES.

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        charlie harry fowler on

        How bad off is canada as a whole ? Is oreGONE really that bad ? I guess if citizens don’t take up arms and kill the enemies, they’ll end up on a TRAIL OF TEARS headed to a soros/ us fema ( concentration ) camp. I;ll bet that **** ain’t gonna fly in the SOUTHEAST. TEXAS EITHER. Arizona is already to far gone. SOUTHERNERS are LOCKED and LOADED for T- REX.