BELLINGHAM WASHINGTON — The Ferndale Border Patrol Station located 8 minutes west of Bellingham International Airport was heavily vandalized by a group of apparent Protesters at around 3:30 PM on Saturday September the 19th 2020.
Bellingham Metro News was contacted by a reader of the News Outlet with information on the protest that took place.
The Vandalism apparently Happened today during a Protest at the Border Patrol Station. Source says Protest took place around 3:30 PM, West of Bellingham International Airport . “A group of people all dressed in black with umbrellas began showing for a protest at the Bellingham Border Patrol Station”.
“Border Patrol Agents along with Federal Protective Services retreated inside the fence and watched as the protestors in all black began spray painting the sign. Agents did not respond and after about 2 hours the protestors all left“
Protesters left a letter along with a Pie, The Pie was decorated with the wording “Abolish I.C.E – “Stop Destroying Families” – “No One is Illegal on Stolen Land”.
The Letter was addressed to I.C.E. “This dessert was homemade for you with love. There is no place for I.C.E in our community and it must be abolished. Families are being torn apart by your actions, and facing injustices and unspeakable harm there at Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. No One is Illegal on Stolen land. Stop Destroying Families now.”
Vandalizing Federal or any Government Property is a serious crime in the United States of America. “The penalties for violations of this section are tied to the extent of the property damage. As amended on September 13, 1994, if the damage exceeds $100, the defendant is subject to a fine of up to $250,000, ten years imprisonment, or both.” according to Justice.Gov.
The Seattle Politics Page responded to the story by saying “I suspect that this may be a “me too” effort by COVID frustrated people who’ve been watching developments in Seattle and Portland. The thing that is different here is that the vandalism is against a Federal property, so the penalties are higher; and Whatcom county in general is less willing to “turn the cheek” in comparison to King county when it comes to prosecution, should it be pushed back to the county. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.” they shared it to their Facebook Page.