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Occupy ICE protest targets 2 Portland businesses Thursday

Protesters entered three Portland businesses Thursday afternoon to demand that the businesses sever their ties with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Members of the Occupy ICE PDX group went to Microsoft’s downtown Portland store, and two Bank of the West buildings, one in Northwest and one in Southwest Portland. According to its website, Microsoft contracts with ICE, which uses its Azure Government software.

Brady Carmichael, a member of Occupy ICE PDX, said the group entered all three buildings.

“We demanded that the workers call their higher-ups and tell them to end their contracts with ICE, or we’ll keep protesting,” he said.

Carmichael said the groups protested outside each business for between one and three hours but entered the buildings for only about 10 minutes. He said each time, they left on their own. He said both Bank of the West locations closed and locked their doors after the protesters came.

He said the protests were part of the group’s “week of action,” a five-day period in which they’d been protesting at businesses that have ties to the immigration enforcement agency. He said they would also be demonstrating Friday at ICE’s Portland headquarters.

Representatives for Bank of the West and Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; jramakrishnan@oregonian.com; @JRamakrishnanOR

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