Protesters arrested at ICE facility Wednesday
Eight protesters were arrested at the Immigation and Customs Enforcement facility in Southwest Portland on Wednesday morning.
Tensions boiled over in the morning as federal officers and protesters came face-to-face at the ICE offices at 4310 SW Macadam Ave., where protesters have gathered for weeks.
The eight protesters were arrested after they tried to block a transport van from leaving the facility. Federal officers arrived and started shooting pepper spray and pepper balls, and also used tasers to try and get the protesters out of the van's way. Federal police also said protesters were throwing objects at them.
According to protesters, they tried to block the vehicle because they believed a man, who was an undocumented immigrant, was being transported out of the holding facility.
The facility has been a hub for protests for weeks ever since occupiers blocked and shutdown the facility in response to the immigration crisis. Federal officers, clad in riot gear, removed occupy protesters that were blocking the ICE facility for over a week on June 28. Since then, protesters have remained camped near the facility.
On Monday, three protesters were arrested and two Federal Protective Service officers were "assaulted" outside the ICE facility, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Meanwhile, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is investigation whether a temporary fence erected by federal authorities between the facility and protesters violates city policies. After receiving a complaint about the fence, the Bureau of Development Services originally said those who erected the fence should have first obtained a city permit. But, after consulting with PBOT, DHS turned the issue over to some of the fence appears to be on the public right-of-way adjacent to the facility.
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