Officers Enter and Arrest Oregon Man Without a Warrant


Elizabeth Wang, Sport's Editor

In Salem, Oregon, federal immigration officers forcefully entered a household without a warrant and arrested a man inside. The event was caught on tape and has sparked public outcry.

The arrested man has been identified to be Carlos Bolanos, a 32-year-old father of four children. He had been to working to remodel a Portland house with a crew of workers when three men and a woman entered the house and identified themselves as federal officers. The trespassers were dressed in plain clothes, refused to give their names, and did not have search warrant. They then proceeded to surround Bolanos, handcuff him, and bring him to their vehicle. Hours later, Bolanos was released. Bolanos was not informed as to why he was arrested in the first place.

George Cardenas, a coworker of Bolanos, videotaped the incident. The 7-minute long clip has since been viewed by authorities, and the the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has received significant criticism for its actions.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the video was “shocking” and has asserted that the officers violated the the Fourth Amendment. “It was a horrible demonstration of how the ICE is operating in our communities with little to no respect for the law and Constitution,” averred ACLU legal director Mat dos Santos. “The man doing the videotaping repeatedly says he did not give them consent to enter the home so they shouldn’t have entered in the first place.”

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeffrey Merkley likewise found the incident to be troubling. The officials sent an adamant letter to deputy director in Portland of ICE’s enforcement and removal operations, requesting a clear explanation of the policies that led to Bolanos’s arrest.

Some, on the other hand, have argued in favor of the officers’ actions. These individuals, who endorse strict immigration policies, feel that looser immigration policies encourage criminality. These groups have starkly clashed with human rights activists, who continue to condemn the actions of the ICE.

The actions of the ICE continue to be a subject of debate. Whether they will continue to practice this aggressive enforcement of immigration laws in the face of such strong opposition is yet to be determined.