Federal officers decked out in some serious looking riot gear delivered a swift boot to the backside to protesters who were sent in to reopen an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland, Oregon.
The authorities initiated a “law enforcement action to reopen the federal facility” at 5:30 AM on Thursdays. The feds kicked things off by blocking off the road and dismantling the camp of the demonstrators who were protesting against Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) June 28, 2018
Protesters tried to form a human chain to block off the building, but they backed down when law enforcement asked them to move.
Police detained at least eight protesters, including several individuals who refused to cooperate, according to another local outlet KATU News, citing a Department of Homeland Security official. Police are not removing all the protesters, merely those occupying federal property.
Authorities hauled away truckloads of tents, boards, and even a couch. Most of the protester camp was torn down. While some protesters heckled officers, there were no reported clashes.
The activists, which are determined to abolish ICE, remain undeterred in their overall mission.
The movement began over a week ago when hundreds of protesters descended on the facility to protest the Trump administration’s decision to fully enforce U.S. immigration laws, eventually closing down local ICE operations at that facility.
The reason so many folks are up in arms is because this “zero tolerance” policy has led to the separation of families in a few select instances. This, of course, is tragic and is an issue that needs to truly be addressed by folks on both sides of the aisle. However, it must be stated that if these folks obeyed the law to begin with, this wouldn’t be a problem to begin with.
We are a nation of laws, and if folks from other countries want to live here, then they need to come here the right way. We want immigrants to come and contribute to our great nation, but these people need to be law abiding too, just like the rest of us.
Source: The Daily Caller
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