Wheeler, Hardesty request meeting with feds

Federal officers patrol downtown Portland after pushing protesters back from the U.S. Courthouse on Monday, July 20.

After initially refusing to meet with Department of Homeland Security officials earlier this month, city leaders are now demanding to do so.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's office announced Monday evening that Wheeler and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty are requesting an immediate meeting with Homeland Security leadership on the ground in Portland, along with Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. Wheeler and Hardesty say they want a "cease-fire" with the removal of federal agents sent here on executive order by President Donald Trump.