Latino millenials to demonstrate at Portland City Hall on Monday afternoon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Latino millenials and allies said they will gather this afternoon at Portland City Hall to ask Portland Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler and city leaders to "protect and defend undocumented immigrant families in Oregon."

Juan Rogel, CEO of Latino Milenios, said the demonstration, which is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., will be a "silent, peaceful demonstration."

Rogel said the group will not march, block traffic or block access to pedestrians. He said they will urge Wheeler to declare the city of Portland a "sanctuary for undocumented immigrants" during the first city council meeting of 2017.

"We hope to send a clear, symbolic message that we belong, that we bring value to this great city, that we are Portland too," Rogel said.

More than 120,000 undocumented Latino immigrants live in Oregon, according to Rogel.

Earlier this month, Wheeler vowed to keep Portland a sanctuary city.


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