PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Department of Homeland Security officers, clad in riot gear, began removing protesters camped out at the ICE facility in Portland, Oregon early Thursday morning.
The US Attorney’s Office said in a statement that “At approximately 5:30am Thursday, federal law enforcement officers initiated a law enforcement action to reopen the federal facility at 4310 SW Macadam Avenue in Portland.”
The officers arrived at the camp and formed a line to block the protesters. Other officers immediately began dismantling tents and placing items into a U-Haul.
Some protesters were seen facing off with the officers, some screaming in their faces. It’s unclear if anyone has been arrested.
The protesters have camped outside the ICE facility on Southwest Macadam despite federal police delivering them written notices both on Monday and Tuesday that they’ll be arrested if they don’t vacate the property. While some left, majority of the campers refuse to leave.
ICE has been shut down for the past eight days due to security concerns from protesters blocking the entrance and driveway to the building.