"We condemn this president's aggressive tactics to escalate policing through abusive federal agent deployment in cities that are protesting the death of George Floyd," said
Quyen Dinh, executive director of SEARAC
. "Portland is not a testing ground; immigrants have long been subjected to DHS's history of arrests by unidentified agents in unmarked vans. These kinds of abusive tactics will continue if the department is not divested and held accountable. Firing tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of demonstrators will lead to more violence, chaos, and unrest. Rather than funding paramilitary operations that distract from the Administration's botched COVID-19 response, our country must invest resources into communities that are struggling during this current health crisis. SEARAC is committed to fighting back against divisiveness and standing together with our partners in solidarity with the Black community."
Japanese American Citizens League Executive Director David Inoue said, "We denounce the mobilization of federal agents in Portland, and now other cities, under the false pretense to address urban violence and crime. Our federal agents should not be used as political props to antagonize cities because the president does not like the mayor's political party. The president is unnecessarily placing the lives of both the officers and civilians at risk through these incursions worthy of the world's worst dictatorships."
"The Trump Administration's deployment of federal troops in Portland and cities across the country is a dangerous escalation of state violence that continues to distract from their abysmal failure to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lakshmi Sridaran, executive director, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). "This Administration has unleashed violence on people of color on multiple levels -- from deliberate mismanagement of a pandemic that has left nearly 150,000 people dead and has disproportionately impacted Black and brown communities, to the militarization of borders, and now by meeting anti-racist protests with militarized confrontations. Unfortunately, this is an unsurprising, but unconscionable scale of violence and anti-Black racism from our government that must come to an end."