Legal U.S. resident concerned about Green Card renewal due to ICE protest in Portland
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Twenty-five-year-old Kurtis Moreton has been in the U.S. for half his life, but this weekend, his citizenship status is causing some headaches.
"I literally woke up in the middle of the night and realized I’m not going to make it to my appointment," Moreton said.
That appointment is for his Green Card renewal and it's scheduled for 11am on Monday at ICE offices in Portland which are currently closed due to safety concerns stemming from protests outside the building.
Moreton has spent hours on the phone with immigration officials trying to figure out what to do.
"When I talked to them today, they told me you’re not getting in, they told me to show up but they said you’re not going to be able get in," Moreton said.
Despite the hassle, Moreton is going to show up and make sure that he documents his presence at the building as he tries to make sure he does everything possible to avoid any serious complications.
"They also said if you reschedule multiple times then you start to get in trouble, but what if it’s not my own doing? What if I have to reschedule and the protesters are still there and then I have to reschedule again?" Moreton said.
Moreton has no criminal record of any sort and has lived in the U.S. since his family moved from Calgary, Alberta Canada 12 years ago.
"Growing up my parents they always said if your friends get in trouble it’s a slap on the wrist, if you get in trouble, they will deport you and it’s still true I have to walk a line that I don’t think a lot of those people out here blocking the doors really understand," Moreton said.
Moreton says he actually agrees with the protesters message and says it's inhumane for families to be separated at the border, but his concern is that law-abiding people like himself are now getting caught in the middle.
"I really feel like we’re on the same page it’s just the way it’s being executed it seems so backwards to me," Moreton said.
An ICE spokesperson said people with appointments who need to reschedule will not be reported as missing check-ins.
Adding to Moreton's stress is a family trip up to Calgary scheduled for August.
"I don’t know how long this is going to take. My family’s going back into Canada in August and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to go home now," Moreton said.