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Day 6 of the occupation by protesters surrounding the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Southwest Portland.
Protesters outside of Portland's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters are increasing efforts to help immigrants who miss appointments because the federal office is closed. "We're the ones who shut the building down," said Jacob Bureros, an organizer with Direct Action Alliance, which helped plan the protest against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. "It's not their fault they can't get to their appointment." ICE officials temporarily closed the downtown office Wednesday because of "security concerns" after dozens of protesters blocked the facility's entrances.
Translators and lawyers volunteered to assist anyone who showed up seeking ICE assistance, Bureros said.
Other volunteers will drive families to desired destinations, whether it be home or the ICE facility in Tacoma, he said.
Bureros said the camp continues to receive loads of donations, including money. Donations are being given to immigrants showing up for appointments as compensation for the costs involved in getting to the downtown facility. 📸 by @BethNakamura#Portland#occupyicepdx#OccupyICE