BREAKING: Federal Cops In Riot Gear Clear Protesters, Reopen Portland ICE Office

Federal police have started removing demonstrators who have blocked entry to Portland's ICE office since June 20.

Portland, OR – Federal officers in riot gear began removing protesters surrounding Portland’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office on Thursday morning.

A tent encampment at the site had been growing for over a week, as demonstrators blocked access to the building, preventing immigrants from attending their scheduled appointments and federal employees from getting to work.

The facility has been shut down since June 20, due to “security concerns” the demonstrators caused by blocking sidewalks and doors.

Video footage from a KOIN helicopter showed lines of officers as they blocked people from returning to the area during cleanup.

Behind them, other officers piled up debris from the encampment and loaded the massive garbage mound into a U-Haul truck.

At least one handcuffed individual was led to a transport van in handcuffs, the footage showed.

"We're the ones who shut the building down," Jacob Bureros, an organizer with Direct Action Alliance, a group that helped block the ICE office and cause the shutdown, told The Oregonian. “"It's not their fault they can't get to their appointment."

The protest that was supposed to support immigrants and express dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy” for those who cross the U.S. border illegally has actually made things more difficult for immigrants who are trying to follow the law.

Early Monday morning, a team of ICE agents and Federal Protective Service officers arrived and secured the building, KATU reported.

The team began handing out notices to vacate to the dozens of protesters and warned them to “stop interrupting government business,” but officers did not say how they planned to clear the camp as of Monday.

The notices also reminded the demonstrators that they were violating federal law by blocking access to the building, but many of the protesters tore up the fliers or refused to take them.

The protesters’ ultimate goal was to abolish ICE, so they believed the fact that the office temporarily shut down was a good sign.

“This group here is ready to move forward and continue doing what we need to do to make sure we abolish ICE,” Danialle James from the Occupy ICE PDX movement told KATU.

On Thursday, the Oregon’s U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a statement and advised that officers had begun a “law enforcement action” to reopen the Portland ICE building on Southwest Macadam Avenue, KATU reported.

Comments (16)
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artw44
artw44

Lock them up!

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

JBo
JBo

Direct Action Alliance...hurting those it claims they are helping. What the heck...don't let facts get in the way of media time.

CptPaulBlart
CptPaulBlart

Justice is served pepper spray them all and arrest them

chattycathy
chattycathy

such great little environmentalists! bye felicia

LEO0301
LEO0301

Why can't we go back to using firehoses? Clean the filth off the sidewalks and streets.

KTA
KTA

Because then the slime washes down the drainage into the lakes and streams and kills the fish.

Mrs10
Mrs10

About time!

Conwol
Conwol

I really think that from day 1, the riot police should have moved in. But I do understand that in today's crazy environment, the police have to double check and rethink every move they make. And that is a terrible situation to be in. That organization that these assholes are associated with, are being paid by Sorus. And I wouldn't be surprised that the "Deep State" people are fueling all of this. God, I pray for you police men and women every day. What a terrible world we now have.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Seems like they are protesting in favor of a pretty good cause here. Immigration is doing some pretty awful things to people lately.

HH3
HH3

To bad the local police were ordered to NOT assist in any way. I live about 20 miles from Portland. I will not spend one more dime in that city.

Thank you to everyone who serves as a LEO!

61mouse
61mouse

Water cannons and throw work boots at them

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

Yes illegal immigration IS doing awful things to the people of this country.

Milman
Milman

Yepper.. Sure is a bitch when Law Enforcement actually does what the ESTABLISHED LAW requires! Should have arrested them then made them clean up their damn mess... Seems like you guys never seem to think things through!

#1 Ice doesn't separate Kids from families. That happens at the border (Border Patrol) as required by LAW. #2 Ice primarily focuses on Illegal CRIMINALS... Guess you want those guys in your neighborhood? #3 Your meddling ends up getting detainees shipped to other facilities, sometimes another state.

#4 If you "educated clowns" WANT ANARCHY... You WILL regret it!

#5 Nobody is hurting or assaulting these children... They are safer where they are than when they were riding on/in railroad cars. STOP believing CNN/MSNBC.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I am not in favor of illegal immigration, but I think the humane solution is to put some employers in prison so that the hiring stops instead of bullying economically oppressed people.

civilwar
civilwar

One question: Why did it take a week to run these pukes out of there?