Oregon’s Department of Transportation has suspended an employee who reportedly made racist and violent remarks about undocumented immigrants.
Lori McAllen, the employee in question, reportedly posted a message on Facebook calling for U.S. officials to shoot immigrants.
McAllen allegedly wrote: “I personally think they should shoot them all at the border and call it good… it’ll save us hardworking AMERICANS billions of dollars on our taxes !! ;)”
On Thursday, the agency announced that the staff member had been placed on leave while they investigated.
An employee linked to an offensive Facebook post is on leave while we investigate. We take this matter very seriously and very personally. The comment doesn't reflect our agency values and is disturbing and hurtful. Thank you for your patience as we complete the investigation.— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) June 21, 2018
We're aware of a post that has been rapidly circulating through social channels espousing views offensive & abhorrent to the values of our agency. There is an active investigation into the matter. Thank you to those who have shared your concerns and we take this matter seriously— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) June 20, 2018
After her comments went viral on Twitter, the DOT responded by confirming that the investigation was underway. In a following tweet, the department said her views are “offensive & abhorrent to the values of our agency.”
In an interview, DOT spokesperson Dave Thompson said that once they started to look into this issue, the employee’s online profile had been deleted.
“I don’t know if she took it down or somebody else did, but it’s gone,” he said.
The agency received several complaints online and at least 100 phone calls, Thompson added.
“The social media posts were coming in fast and furious — it went viral,” he said. “HR is talking to her to determine if that was really her who wrote it.”
Lori McAllen, an employee of the Oregon Department of Transportation and #MAGA cult member is under fire today, as racist comments on her personal Facebook go viral.— Joshee In Real Life (@JosheeIRL) June 21, 2018
This is what Trump supporters stand for... murder.#KeepFamiliesTogether
READ MORE: https://t.co/VoRytdfdtz pic.twitter.com/hO8osYth0V
McAllen, a DMV clerk, has worked with the agency for 10 months. She’s currently on administrative leave, which irritated some Twitter users.
Seriously, @OregonDOT? You’re only placing Lori McAllen on leave/suspension? A student would get expelled for incitement to murder.— darsky: Crusader for Justice (@darsky) June 21, 2018
Do the right thing, @OregonDOT: fire this racist criminal immediately.
Call Oregon DMV to demand her termination 503-945-5000 or DOT 888-275-6368.
Her comments hit a nerve with countless Americans who find President Donald Trump’s policy of separating families at the border reprehensible, to say the least. And because of her bigoted and hateful comments, she might end up losing her job.
This incident should serve as a reminder to others wanting to post hateful rhetoric: The public will not tolerate it.
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