PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As the crowd of occupying protesters grows outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on SW Macadam in Portland, so do some troubles.
Protesters say they aren’t leaving until ICE leaves Portland.
“This is a place that is separating families and traumatizing children,” protester Danialle James said. “We have laid the shot calling on our Latino family and friends because it’s about them. It’s not about white people, it’s not about Black Lives Matter.”
The tent city that popped up in recent days behind the ICE building has spread out alongside the city bike path. Some nearby businesses and residential properties told KOIN 6 News they are hiring private security.
One business had some outdoor items taken Thursday night but they were found in the camp and returned.
KOIN 6 News also spoke with protesters and supporters of the occupiers who parked in a nearby restaurant lot without permission. Some people in the South Waterfront neighborhood want the city to step in.
“We had visitors who were not comfortable as we started to walk back from a restaurant to our building, so we went back to the restaurant and called Uber,” one person told KOIN 6 News.
Another said, “The other day one of the protesters jumped out in front of my car as I was going home blocking most of the street.”
Protesters also said they are starting to get harassed.
“Someone just came by and sprayed us with poop,” one protester said. “That’s just mean.”
“We have perseverance,” James said. “We’re a strong people and they’re not going to be able to break us.”
Portland police continue to keep their distance from the campers on city property. Mayor Ted Wheeler said it’s the federal government’s job to handle this — it’s their issue and their building, he said.
KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.