Portland officials won't crack down on ICE fence, after all
A tall fence separating protesters from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Southwest Portland doesn't have proper permits and is blocking a public sidewalks.
But three days after a city code inspector issued a violation notice to ICE for the fence, it now appears City Hall is no longer interested in taking action. The city's code enforcement and transportation bureaus both say they're holding back on enforcing violations, in light of the volatile Occupy ICE PDX protest that has led to recent clashes between federal police and activists.
The city’s Bureau of Development Services issued a correction notice to ICE on Monday, after inspecting the fence. The structure was erected last week, following weeks of protest outside the southwest Portland facility.
The city's Bureau of Development Services issued a correction notice to ICE on Monday, after inspecting the fence. The structure was erected last week, following weeks of protest outside the southwest Portland facility.
"Commissioner [Dan] Saltzman, in close coordination with the mayor and his colleagues in the building, has taken a hands-off approach to the situation as it currently stands down there," said Matt Grumm, chief of staff to Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
Part of that decision, Grumm said, was due to the fact Saltzman feels "there are most likely many code violations happening down there," between ICE and the adjacent encampment of dozens of tents.
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