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Portland officials say that they've reached a deal with the Trump administration - and federal law enforcement will withdraw.
Before this deal, the president was not backing down. “If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice — we will have to go in there and clean it out. We will do it very easily. We are prepared to do it,” he said. “They need to clean out their city and do it right or we’re going to clean it out for them.”
But shortly after Gov. Brown announced they had come up with a deal.
“After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland. They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence. Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland,” she stated in one tweet.
In return for backing away, local and state authorities will move into downtown, where protesters have clashed with federal agents.
PBS reports the agreement reached over the past 24-hours will include a phased drawn down by the fed - filled by a robust presence of local and state police.
I.C.E. and Customs and Border patrol agents will begin pulling out Thursday, according to Gov. Kate Brown. Agents normally posted at the federal courthouse will remain and work along side state police.
While federal agents are leaving the downtown area, they won't leave the city until federal properties have been secured.
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