Protesters to City Council: Kick ICE out

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters headed to Portland City Hall on Wednesday — telling the council members to revoke ICE’s land permit and kick them out of the city.

They said since Portland is a sanctuary city, the city council should take action to push ICE out.

The city commissioners stand with the protesters.

“Our immigrant and refugee communities have been fighting against these forces for a long time,” Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said. “And now they are more vulnerable than ever and perhaps not comfortable or safe to take the kind of actions to participate in our grand and longstanding tradition of civil disobedience, so I want to thank you for standing up for them.”

During the meeting, Commissioner Amanda Fritz called ICE “stupid.”

The city said once again that they will not commit any resources into helping ICE remove the protesters. Commissioners also said that they’ll look into the possibility of revoking the permit for the land that ICE currently operates on.

The protesters remain camped outside the ICE facility on Southwest Macadam despite federal police delivering them written notices both on Monday and Tuesday that they’ll be arrested if they don’t vacate the property. While some left, majority of the campers refuse to leave. 

ICE has been shut down for the past eight days due to security concerns from protesters blocking the entrance and driveway to the building.

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