Portland ICE office, closed because of protest, to resume normal operations Tuesday

July 02–Normal operations will return to Portland’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters Tuesday, about two weeks after the building first closed in the wake of protests.

The federal agency said its office in Southwest Portland is “operating on a modified status Monday” and that the day’s appointments are still canceled. The agency will still honor the regularly scheduled appointments of anyone who shows up at the facility Monday, however.

The protest, called Occupy ICE PDX, began June 17 in response to the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. It led to the federal office in Portland being closed two days later.

Dozens of officers with the Department of Homeland Security dismantled barriers at the building’s front doors and driveway Friday, though an encampment on non-federal property adjacent to the building remains.

“The ICE office on Macadam Avenue is operating on a modified status Monday. Normal operations will resume Tuesday. The office will be closed Wednesday, in observance of Independence Day. Due to the office’s modified operating status, appointments at this location remain canceled for Monday. Canceled appointments will not be counted as missed check-ins. ICE deportation officers will contact individuals whose appointments were canceled due to the ongoing protests by phone or mail to report to the office on an alternate date. Individuals who had canceled appointments should not report to the office this week unless instructed to do so.”

This article provided by NewsEdge.