Hundreds gather in downtown Portland to protest immigration policies
Hundreds of people have gathered in downtown Portland Monday to protest Pres. Trump's immigration policies.
An event posted to Facebook by organizers with Unite Oregon invited protesters to meet at noon at the Terry Schrunk Plaza, downtown between 3rd and 4th Avenue on Southwest Madison.
A crowd of more than 300 people gathered in the park at noon, based on an estimate from our reporters. The rally featured several speakers, including members of Basic Rights Oregon and City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish.
The group dispersed by about 1 p.m.
During the rally, someone circled the plaza in a pickup and shouted at the group of protesters. Our crew later saw police detain two people who appeared to be connected to the truck.
On Saturday and Sunday, hundreds marched through PDX to oppose the President's order. These were just two of several protests happening simultaneously at airports and public squares across the U.S.
Donald Trump signed a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen), causing confusion and pandemonium for travelers worldwide. Many of those affected were legal U.S. residents, green card holders or those using a connecting flight through the United States to go home.
Read the opening statement for Monday's event:
"Unite Oregon unequivocally condemns President Donald Trump's recently-announced anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant executive orders as an assault on religious freedom and civil liberties, and a racist and unconstitutional attack on Muslims, immigrants, and refugees, who have been an original part of the vibrant fabric of the United States of America."