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Neighbors offer mixed opinions as Occupy ICE PDX enters week two

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

What started as a few tents has swelled to something of a fort surrounding ICE’s Portland headquarters off Southwest Macadam Avenue.

Tarps, signs and people surrounded the building Sunday, as the protest entered its eighth day. Because of the tarps, it’s no longer easy to see tents from the street, but images from the sky reveal dozens of them lining a train track on the side of the building.

Campers are boosted by an outpouring of donations and support.

“For Portland to be such a small city, people have big hearts here,” said activist Danialle James.

Dana Tierney lives a few blocks away from the camp.

“We drive by and we honk our horn and we are supportive of it,” Tierney said of the protesters. “We have empathy for the families.”

And ‘Occupy ICE PDX’ shows no signs of packing up as more move into the camp.

“Abolish ICE means more than some words on a sign to us,” James said.

Camp leaders have repeatedly said they won’t leave until the federal agency is dismantled. That’s despite President Trump’s order last week to reverse policy on the controversy that dominated headlines across the country: The separation of children from families caught illegally crossing the border.

ICE made the decision last week to temporarily shut down operations at the facility, citing security concerns. And while protesters call in a small victory, some nearby neighbors have had enough.

“They’re not welcome here and this isn’t the way to do it,” said neighbor Charles Williams. “Go to Washington (D.C.,) elect the officials, vote.”

Williams put up a sign of his own on the balcony outside his apartment, eluding that he’s frustrated by the honking of supports driving by the camp.

Williams said protesters are noisy at all hours and aggressive.

“I’m just fearful that since the police don’t want to be involved, it’s going to take an incident that nobody’s going to win,” Williams said.

Under the mayor’s orders, Portland Police are keeping their distance from the federally-operated building.

Local businesses, however, are stepping up security and hiring extra patrols to monitor apartment buildings and parking lots.

FOX 12 reached out to ICE Sunday for an update on potential plans to reopen the office, but did not hear back.

Federal Protective Services said it has officers monitoring the camp, but has no plans to remove protesters

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