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Portlanders continue to protest Trump immigration policy

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Protesters continued to camp outside the ICE facility in downtown Portland on Tuesday in protest of the zero-tolerance immigration policy.

While there may not be many people outside the building -- located on Southwest Macadam Avenue -- their message is heartfelt.

One of the people staked out, Cherry, told KOIN 6 News, "They're treating innocent children like prisoners and putting numbers on children like they do in prison."

Cherry and others have decided to do what they can to bring an end to the Trump administration policy of separating parents from their children when they're caught trying to cross the border.

The local reaction has also come in response to the 123 people who've been detained and are being held at the Sheridan Federal Detention center. They too are caught up in the immigration debate. 

People both for and against the administration's immigration policy went to the facility Monday night.

"People are coming here because they are trying to find better life," Romero Sosa with Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition said. "They try to feed their families. They try to better for themselves and should not be criminalized."

However, other people who showed up to the detention center agreed with the policy.

"Become a citizen, do it the right way or don't do it at all," Jim Cupp said. "If you want to bring your kids here illegally, expect to lose them. We are a people of the law -- why would people go against the law?"

Some of the demonstrators at the ICE facility have been there since the weekend and plan to stay as long as the current immigration policy is in place.


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