City gives green light to new ICE facility in South Waterfront

City gives green light to new ICE facility in South Waterfront
The Portland City Council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 (KATU photo).

PORTLAND, Ore. - Plans for a new detention center are moving forward despite the objections of nearby residents.

Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) won permission from the City Council on Wednesday to build a new facility in the upscale South Waterfront development.

The building will include offices and a holding cell.

Residents had sounded off about detainees being jailed so close to their homes but customs officials secured approval from the city by offering assurances that no one will be released into the neighborhood.