Protesters camped outside Portland ICE headquarters, holding 24-hour vigil

Protesters camped outside Portland ICE headquarters, holding 24-hour vigil

Demonstrators in Portland are making sure they are seen and heard, camping outside of ICE Headquarters in Southwest Portland, and plan to hold a large community candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

"It's a shaker... good for prayer," says Antonio Zamora shaking what looks like a maraca.

He started an around-the-clock vigil right outside of the ICE detention center in SW Portland.

"We want the zero-tolerance policy to end. We want children to be released from cages," Zamora said.

The demonstrators are taking shifts, to protest the 2,000 immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border since mid-April due to the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

"Separating families, tearing them apart for being from another country is just not something that should happen... ever," said another activist, Brady Carmichael.

The small group started this vigil after Sunday's demonstration in the same spot, when 200 people protested outside the ICE building. Activists called for an end to the "zero-tolerance" policy they've labeled inhumane and immoral.

"ICE is causing harm to people who come here for help - who are seeking asylum. Seeking asylum is not a crime," said Zamora, referring to the 123 men seeking asylum in the US who are now being held in a the Federal Detention Center in Sheridan, southwest of McMinville.

Some of the dads locked up told Oregon lawmakers over the weekend they, too, had been separated from their kids.

Zamora said they'll keep the vigil going as long as the "zero-tolerance" policy is in place.

"I just want to be in a just world. I want to be in a world where people don't have to suffer from consequences seeking asylum... into a country that says they're going to help people in the world," Zamora said.

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