SPOKANE, Wash. - After a Twitter thread from comedian Mohanad Elshieky went viral while he was on a Greyhound bus in Spokane, city mayor David Condon also took to Twitter to respond to the incident.
This has been a topic of conversation over the weekend. Here are the Mayor’s thoughts on this issue: pic.twitter.com/lTgrdU8AJ4— City of Spokane (@SpokaneCity) January 30, 2019
The conversation sparked after an incident occured over the weekend when Elshieky was traveling back to Portland, and was stopped by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents at Spokane's Intermodal Center. He recounted his experience on his Twitter page.
Condon said that the situation had sparked a national debate, and "these questions require a national conversation, and a national solution."
He explained that because Spokane is less than 100 miles from an international border, agents have the authority to search vehicles, aircraft and railcars. Condon said in the statement that he "does not have the ability to circumvent federal law," and agents do not seek permission or consent from local government officials for their proceedings.
Condon also encouraged anyone who wants to "enter the conversation," to contact Washington State's Federal delegation here.
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