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Oregon DOT Employee Suspended for Anti-Immigrant Facebook Posts

Oregon DOT Employee Suspended for Anti-Immigrant Facebook Posts

Migrants wait in line on their way to the port of entry to ask for asylum in the U.S. on June 21, 2018, in Tijuana, Mexico. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 06:03 PM

An Oregon DOT employee was suspended for publishing posts on her Facebook page that were offensive to undocumented immigrants, according to Fox News.

Although Lori McAllen's Facebook page has apparently been removed along with her other social media accounts, screenshots of her posts have been widely distributed on social media, including one suggesting how to dispose of immigrants who arrive here illegally.

"I personally think they should shoot them all at the border and call it good ... it'll save us hard working AMERICAN'S billions of dollars on our taxes!! ;)" she wrote, ending her remark with a winking emoji.

McAllen has held her full-time DOT clerk position less than a year.

Her Twitter bio stated, “I don’t have room in my heart for drama, disrespect or hate.. either love your life or make a change!”

The Oregon Department of Transportation published a statement on Twitter.

After the agency received more comments it followed up with this statement:

Agency spokesman Dave Thompson told CBS News that the DOT had received hundreds of phone calls and thousands of online comments.

“The social media posts were coming in fast and furious – it went viral,” he told the network. “HR is talking to her to determine if that was really her who wrote it.”

He added that he attempted to find the posts but by then they were already removed.

While the overwhelming majority of people were understandably upset by the McAllen posts, others took a First Amendment absolutist position — her free speech, exercised on her own time.

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