PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Community activists and union leaders say federal immigration officers stopped two vans carrying workers headed to a forest to pick an ornamental shrub, detained 19 of them and then took 10 of them away.
ICE later said a total of 7 individuals are in custody after a “targeted enforcement operation” in Portland.
The entire event started with officers seeking 2 individuals, both with multiple prior arrests (one even had a prior criminal conviction). At first, 11 individuals were detained, but 4 were released because they were already in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
Three of the 7 individuals that remain in ICE custody have prior criminal convictions for crimes including battery, DUI and child neglect, according to authorities. All 7 will be processed for removal from the U.S.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.