Protesters in Portland, Oregon have besieged the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility and are putting up tents to house an indefinite protest.
An Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter visited the facility yesterday and today, and saw protestors standing in front of cars so that staffers could not leave. Supporters sent pizza, water and other provisions for the protestors. Someone brought a portable toilet to help with the protest.
So I’m here in Portland where some protesters are occupying an area outside of an ICE building. Tents are up, food is available, there’s an outhouse, and a dozen or so people are out here. #OccupyICEPDX #OccupyICE pic.twitter.com/u1xvQifudC
— PDX Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) June 19, 2018
“A group of us all decided together that it’s time to shut down ICE, and that’s what we’re doing,” protestor Tony Hadden told OPB. “We can’t let this go on.”
The protest grew overnight, with more tents being set up near the facility.
— Dirk VanderHart (@dirquez) June 19, 2018
In an ironic touch, at one point someone from ICE reportedly asked the protestors to stop blocking their cars in “so they can get home to their families.”
About 75 people blockading ICE prison in Portland, OR. DHS keep coming out to ask protesters to let 9 ICE employees to leave.
“So they can get home to their families.” pic.twitter.com/ipf5Emp6N8
— Arun Gupta (@arunindy) June 19, 2018