HILLSBORO — Interfaith leaders and protesters stood in a circle and blessed Isidro Andrade-Tafolla on the grass of the same courthouse where he was unlawfully questioned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in 2017.
About 300 protesters from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Innovation Law Lab, Adelante Mujeres, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice and Northwest Workers’ Justice gathered with Andrade-Tafolla to protest ICE detaining and arresting immigrants when they come to the courthouse. Protesters held picket signs and banners. They peacefully and quietly walked around the Washington County Courthouse Monday morning.
Protesters recited prayers and repeatedly said, “We will not despair, we are a circle of protection.”
Attorneys from the ACLU of Oregon and Johnson, Johnson, Lucas Middleton then announced that they filed a federal tort claim on behalf of Andrade-Tafolla against ICE. The attorneys are seeking $100,000 in damages for the “humiliation, emotional distress and psychological harm as a result of ICE’s actions that day.”
On September 18, 2017, Andrade-Tafolla went to the courthouse in Hillsboro to support his wife while protestors demonstrated against immigration arrests. Two ICE agents stood in the hallway looking for a suspect who was later granted