Judge grants lawyers access to immigrants detained in Sheridan

Demonstrators occupying federal property outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland have been told to leave.

Posted: Jun 25, 2018 11:45 AM
Updated: Jun 25, 2018 12:36 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge in Portland ordered that immigration attorneys be given access to more than 120 asylum seekers being held at the federal prison in Oregon.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon on Monday granted an emergency order sought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Innovation Law Lab, a nonprofit whose attorneys have been denied access to immigrants being held at the prison in Sheridan.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Demonstrators occupying federal property outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland have been told to leave.

Law enforcement officers began distributing notices to vacate late Monday morning.

U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams says protesters have a lawful right to assemble, but are not allowed to block driveways or entrances.

The Occupy ICE PDX protest seeks to abolish ICE and end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration.

The round-the-clock demonstration outside Portland headquarters began June 17. It increased in size early last week, prompting officials to close the facility.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement transferred the immigrants to Oregon because other holding facilities have been overloaded since the Trump administration enacted a "zero tolerance" policy involving people entering the U.S. illegally.

The detainees are from 16 countries, but more than half are from India and Nepal.

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