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Protesters gather outside Portland ICE offices to block detention center bus

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A line of protesters gathered outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Portland Wednesday afternoon, locking arms and creating a barrier around the front gate.

The rally, organized by a group called End Deportations Now, said five organizers were creating a “physical barricade” in front of the office entrance in hopes of preventing a bus carrying ICE detainees to a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.

The protest comes a week after the final status renewal deadline for recipients of the now-rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Attorney General Jeff Session announced that the program was being rescinded early last month.

“DACA was important for some undocumented youth and we want to honor that,” Amina Rahman, one of the community organizers blocking the entrance, said in a release. “DACA provides access to basic needs for a particular group of undocumented people and excludes many others.”

During the protest, a few people were taken away by Homeland Security officers.

Just before 6 p.m., officers began removing people who were creating a physical barricade. 

According to PPB Sergeant Chris Burley, to remove people creating the barricade "specially trained officers were required to use tools that caused sparks. In order to protect protesters from the sparks, fire retardant hoods were placed on the protesters. In addition to the fire retardant hoods, officers placed ear muffs on the protesters to protect their hearing from any loud noises created by the tools."

Once most of the human barricade was removed, the bus carrying ICE detainees was able to leave the office after 6:45 p.m.

A total of six people were arrested at Wednesday's event. No word on what charges they may be facing.

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