Philly.com- Establishing a small encampment for a possibly prolonged occupation, protesters gathered outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Center City to demand an end to that agency’s policies and cooperation between the city of Philadelphia and ICE.
Several hundred protesters gathered at the site at Eighth and Cherry Streets late Monday afternoon, with several dozen remaining there into Tuesday morning.
Despite withering heat, participants erected several tents and resisted attempts by police to move them away from the ICE office. The protesters played drums and listed to speeches on bullhorns. Police, whose headquarters are just across the street, reported no arrests.
Protesters were still there with lawn chairs and umbrellas Tuesday morning, blocking the door to ICE’s office. Those participating have requested supplies to withstand the heat, including water, ice, sunscreen and battery-powered fans.
In a statement, organizers demanded that Mayor Kenney discontinue a contract that allows ICE to access the city’s criminal-records database. The current contract ends Aug. 31, organizers said.