Oregon's Department of Motor Vehicles placed an employee on leave amid allegations she posted a Facebook comment suggesting illegal immigrants should be shot at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Oregonian reported.
The agency didn't name the employee in question, but the Oregonian identified her as Lori McAllen and said the DMV placed her on leave Thursday.
"I personally think they should shoot them all at the border and call it good," McAllen allegedly wrote, according to multiple screenshots posted by Twitter users. "It'll save us hard working AMERICAN'S [sic] billions of dollars on our taxes!!"
The Oregon Department of Transportation called the remarks "disturbing and hurtful" and "offensive & abhorrent to the values of our agency." The DMV's human resources department is conducting an investigation into the Facebook post to determine if McAllen was behind it, the Oregonian said.
McAllen earns $2,883 a month as a full-time DMV employee and has been in her position for less than a year, the paper reported, citing the agency. A screenshot from her now-deleted Facebook page show McAllen wearing an ODOT badge in an office setting, the paper reported.
What else did the DMV say?
Dave Thompson, a transportation spokesman, said his department has received hundreds of phone calls from around the country in just one 24-hour period in regard to the post, the Oregonian said. The DMV also had fielded thousands of angry online comments from people around the world, he said to the paper.
"This is as viral as anything I've ever seen," Thompson told the Oregonian.
McAllen could not be reached for comment, the paper said.
(H/T: The Root)