Protesters pushed away from immigration office in Portland

Protesters pushed away from immigration office in Portland

Protesters pushed away from immigration office in Portland

Federal officers began moving in on protesters at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland Thursday morning.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in OR issued a statement early Thursday saying that officers had started a "law enforcement action" to reopen the facility in southwest Portland. Officials hope to reopen the facility early next week for the first time since June 20, Federal Protective Service spokesman Robert Sperling said.

Blumenauer's announcement comes on the same day nine people were arrested after federal officers in riot gear moved in to clear the entrance to the ICE holding facility in Southwest Portland.

Some protesters' tents were dismantled, according to the station.

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Trump's decision to pursue a policy of charging all undocumented adults who illegally cross into the USA with criminal charges resulted in the separation of over 2,300 children from their parents, and while the president has since halted the family separations amid outcry, the question remains about how the vast majority of children will be reunited with their parents. Others, which were on city property next to the facility, remained up, KOIN-TV reporter Trevor Ault reported on CBSN. Upon learning of ICE's decision to not bring detained immigrants to the court in person, it said it had discontinued the protest.

The protesters are calling for the abolishment of ICE, which was created in 2003 by Republican President George W. Bush in response to the attacks by al Qaeda on September 11, 2001.

An unspecified number of protesters were taken into custody as federal law enforcement personnel cleared a path that includes the facility's driveway and front door, Sperling said. Some city commissioners had visited the encampment in recent days to express their support for the protesters.

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