A man from Montana used Twitter to announce that he had quit his job after realizing that he would be helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to “hunt down and deport” undocumented immigrants.
Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts wrote on Wednesday that his job in Montana’s labor department was not as valuable as people’s freedom after stating that he was not willing to process subpoena requests from ICE.
So, yeah, about that.— Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts (@dyrbert) February 8, 2018
I put in my two weeks notice.
I work at Montana Department of Labor.
There were going to be ICE subpoenas for information that would end up being used to hunt down & deport undocumented workers. https://t.co/TqBBjPDmNa
It would have been my responsibility to prepare the information and hand them off to ICE.— Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts (@dyrbert) February 8, 2018
I refuse to aid in the breaking up of families. I refuse to just “follow orders.”
This isn’t an easy decision as it puts me in a delicate financial position.
As a legal secretary with the department since 2011, Dyrdahl-Roberts was given new directions, which included helping ICE with their work. After being told about the new side to his job on Tuesday, he said he immediately felt that those requests were beyond what he was willing to be apart of.
“I immediately said, ‘I don’t think I can help with that,’” he told reporters. “I began talking with management about what the deal was, but I pretty much understood at that point.”
His employer then told him he could take another position within the department, but he allegedly declined.
In a statement sent to NBC, Labor Department spokesman Jake Troyer confirmed that the Montana man felt morally inclined to walk away from the institution.
“The department is in communication with Jordon and it’s our understanding his decision to resign is purely based on his personal opposition to the federal administration’s rhetoric on immigration,” Troyer explained. “Jordon’s involvement in the process of responding to subpoenas was limited to assisting attorneys with processing requests.”
To Dyrdahl-Roberts, it was more than standing in opposition to the government’s rhetoric. It was about doing the right thing.
“I’m drawing my line in the sand here,” he tweeted. “Cooperation with this regime is not acceptable.”
So many people are waiting on the 2018 elections, but many people being targeted by this administration don’t have that long.— Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts (@dyrbert) February 8, 2018
I’m drawing my line in the sand here. Cooperation with this regime is not acceptable.
Dyrdahl-Roberts, who has a child, at first accepted donations, but is now telling people who are trying to send him money to instead help people in need in places where the government has failed, such as Flint, Michigan, and Puerto Rico.
Hey everyone,— Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts (@dyrbert) February 8, 2018
You’ve helped us more than enough. We will now be okay while we look for jobs.
If you’re still feeling generous consider sending money Flint or Puerto Rico.
You could also check out #DisabilityWishlists or #ShowUpForWishes.
On Twitter, many users responded with praise and support.
Your integrity is absolutely inspiring.— LDH (@lividdelight) February 8, 2018
You have a concrete answer to “what did you do when...?”. That’s true courage. Thank you for the example.
Not all heroes wear capes, true in you. Thank you for your courage and action!— Jessy Mejia (@Estrategica1) February 8, 2018
We need more people like you Jordan. You are a true patriot sir! ????— Jim Keller (@Mumbojimbo) February 8, 2018
Dyrdahl-Roberts was brave enough to stand for what he believed in, and we're happy to see so many people responding positively.
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