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Lawmakers want investigation after agents mistake US citizen for undocumented immigrant

September 20, 2017
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Oregon lawmakers Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici want US Immigration Customs and Enforcement to investigate an incident outside the Washington County Courthouse earlier this week, when a US citizen was repeatedly questioned on his "immigration status" by federal agents.

The story was first reported by the Oregonian.

Isidro Andrade-Tafolla, a US citizen, was stopped by two federal agents outside the courthouse Monday morning, around the same time a "Sanctuary in the Streets" rally was happening nearby. The agents believed Andrade-Tafolla was an undocumented immigrant, and demanded his name and identification without identifying themselves in the first place.

They reportedly left Andrade-Tafolla without an explanation or apology after the incident.

“We urge an investigation into the events which occurred outside of the Washington County Courthouse,” Blumenauer and Bonamici wrote. “Demanding identification from United States citizens is unacceptable. Should the account in the Oregonian of the event be corroborated by an internal investigation, please describe to us the nature of any retraining or discipline that would result.”