Authorities move to reopen ICE facility in SW Portland

Authorities move to reopen ICE facility in SW Portland

House Democrats are now crafting legislation that would officially abolish ICE.

Authorities are moving to reopen Portland's Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters early Thursday. Detroit protesters say they had some success in hampering ICE operations when they blocked some employees from entering the building Monday morning.

Celinda Lake, longtime Democratic pollster, told Axios: "I worry that abolishing ICE tips the issues from humane treatment to security".

The calls are unlikely to sway Donald Trump who, since assuming office, has taken extraordinary measures to bolster the agency's powers. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA, have stopped short of calling for ICE to be terminated outright and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has circulated talking points advising caution - arguing in a memo obtained by CNN that "abolishing ICE without changing President Trump's disastrous immigration policy will not solve the problem". Unfortunately, President Trump and his team of white nationalists, including Stephen Miller, have so misused ICE that the agency can no longer accomplish its goals effectively.

Yesterday the Democrats organized pro-illegal immigration rallies across the country.

It wasn't clear from Nielsen's statement if or when the administration would seek to confirm a permanent director to ICE.

"Freedom of speech and peaceful assembly are sacred rights enjoyed by all Americans and the U.S. attorney's office is committed to protecting these rights", said U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams.




"It just seemed like two thugs coming to the door and threatening me", Schwab said.

"Because of (ICE's) reputation, no one wants to talk to them because they are afraid they are going to be deported", he said.

In the past week, the position has gained traction with notable figures in the party, including New York Sen. In interviews with multiple outlets, she has said the government "maybe" or "probably" should "start from scratch" on an immigration enforcement agency.

Agents wrote that they are constantly explaining what they do, and how it differs from immigration enforcement. "I think "Abolish ICE" is where it is today because of her leadership".

As a result, children were separated from their families and held first in "processing centers", then in shelters.

The ICE facility has been closed since Wednesday, June 20 after the protest group, calling themselves Occupy ICE PDX, set up camp with the goal of shutting down the immigration enforcement agency.

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