22 faith leaders arrested outside ICE in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Twenty-two faith leaders were arrested Thursday at a protest outside the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement building in Southwest Portland.

They were singing, praying and sharing stories outside the ICE facility with the goal of raising awareness of the immigrants detained in the federal correctional prison in Sheridan.

More than 120 asylum seekers and immigrants have been detained in Sheridan this summer.

Thursday is the sixth time in August the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice headed to ICE to protest and demand the end to the detention of asylum seekers at Sheridan.

“We’re asking those who have the ability, such as acting director Elizabeth Godfrey, to let these people go,” said the Rev. Chris Craun of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. “They have passed credible threat interviews and can be released and we want them to be released.”

Two weeks ago, 6 other faith leaders were arrested in a similar protest.

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