Portland ICE Operations Back Tuesday After Dealing With Two Weeks Of Protests


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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will resume operations in its Portland, Oregon, office on Tuesday after entrances were blocked by protesters for nearly two weeks.

ICE operations were closed due to barricades and violence surrounding the building.

“The ICE office on Macadam Avenue is operating on a modified status Monday,” according to an ICE statement, reported The Oregonian. “Normal operations will resume Tuesday.”

Portland’s Occupy ICE movement started on June 17 as discontent grew toward President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration. The movement caused the Portland office to shut down on June 20.

Several warnings and flyers were given to protesters between June 25 and 26, but they were torn up. (RELATED: Federal Authorities Warn Antifa To End ICE Occupation Or Be Arrested)

In addition, protesters tied up doors to the federal building, trapping ICE and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials, according to The Oregonian. In response, officials were forced to throw pepper balls near them to clear the area.

ICE started clearing out the encampments and arrested at least eight protesters Thursday who were unauthorized to stay on federal property. Several refused to cooperate with ICE, even forming a human chain.

The Portland movement gained national momentum, sparking similar occupations and protests across the country.

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