ICE Protest

Activists sit around a bus as U.S. Border Patrol officers arrive at Crane Shed Commons in Bend on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

After a tense confrontation between protesters and federal agents Wednesday, donors have raised more than $15,000 for the families of the two men detained by federal immigration authorities.

By the Wednesday evening, two GoFundMe pages had been set up in support of the two men, Josué Arturo Cruz Sanchez and Marco Zeferino Rios.

"The family is distraught over the treatment of their family member by immigration agents," the page's description says, adding that the arrests were unlawful.

The funds will be used for immigration lawyers and bail funds if necessary, according to the two pages.

Sanchez was arrested by agents as he was picking up lunch, and Zeferino Rios was arrested by agents as he was on his way home from work, according to Gus Juarez, who spoke to a crowd of protesters who had surrounded the busses used by immigration authorities Wednesday afternoon.

The arrests led to a standoff between community members and federal agents that lasted until nearly midnight. Several hundred people at its largest, the group started with one individual blocking the bus in which the men were being held in the parking lot behind Crane Shed Commons.

Around 11 p.m., two dozen border patrol agents arrived and removed the men after pushing through and pepper spraying protesters. The gathering dissolved shortly after and the federal busses left the parking lot.

The organizer of the two pages didn't respond to a request for comment.

Zack Demars reports for The Bulletin through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.

(3) comments

zxereus

Go ahead and give your money to criminals:

“The two individuals arrested by ICE have criminal records that include convictions for assault, harassment, coercion, and criminal trespassing.

“They are also repeat immigration violators who were previously encountered by U.S. immigration officials and granted voluntary return to their home countries.”

T333

Illegal is still illegal. Oregon has been over run by Californians who are turning Bend into the same stink hole they left. Don't like our laws? Go home, your not welcome here.

COCContheROCK

What? That is a mob of patriots! I wouldn’t be surprised if the local clergy and school board members were behind some of those masks. You know, “community leaders” and such.

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