Portland ICE Occupiers Gear Up for Confrontation with Police after Eviction Notices Served
After being served notices to vacate the premises two days in a row, the far-left antifa "occupiers" who have set up camp outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Portland, Oregon, have geared up for a confrontation with police. Literally. Activists donned goggles and masks and held shields Tuesday after Federal Protective Service agents handed out the notices, again warning them not to block entrances or hinder operations of government employees.
"It is unlawful under federal law to obstruct the entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, offices and/or parking lots of federal facilities," the flier reads. The occupiers have been camping around the facility for more than a week, prompting ICE officials to close the facility last Wednesday.
"Those who obstruct the entrance to the building face arrest and prosecution in federal court," the flyer continues. Officials acknowledged they had no authority over nearby properties the Occupy camp has spread to.
By this past weekend, the ICE blockade had grown into a tent city with "more than 80 tents, four portable toilets, six couches, a commissary and a medic's office," according to Willamette Week.
The occupiers originally vowed to stay until the Trump administration revoked its "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Now they say they intend to stay until ICE removes its operations from the city.
"The protest now closely resembles the Occupy Portland camps that seized two downtown parks in 2011," Willamette Week reported.
The lawless anarchists have powerful enablers, including the mayor of Portland, who has directed the police to keep their distance from the occupiers on city property.
Mayor Ted Wheeler says he considers the work of ICE agents "un-American."
"We've seen tremendous support," an occupation organizer told Willamette Week. "We're seeing so much food. I don't think anyone's going hungry."
Federal officers were able to enter the building during the overnight hours of Monday, according to Oregon Live, apparently sneaking past sleeping demonstrators.
With federal law enforcement agents inside the closed ICE building, it's believed a showdown could happen at any time.
"People are going to do whatever it takes," said Jacob Bureros, with Direct Action Alliance, an antifa group that helped organize the occupation. "If they arrest us on federal property, we'll shut the roads down. You can't stop us. They're going to find out that this city has more resolve than they do."