Protesters tried to blockade a Colorado ICE facility, then SWAT showed up

DCNFMolly Prince, DCNF

A group of protesters in Colorado were arrested Thursday after blocking Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from entering or leaving its facility in Centennial.

The demonstrators had been camped out at the ICE field offices since the previous Sunday when a handful of the protesters stepped up opposition by causing a blockage, reported The Denver Post. The group formed a human chain by linking arms and grabbing pipes and tubes.

The SWAT team arrived in riot gear roughly four hours after the blockade began, according to Westword. Protesters were asked to disperse or face arrest. Eight protesters were ultimately arrested for not complying.

The crowd has been protesting the government agency over its compliance with President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and demanding ICE be abolished.

“The reality is that ICE’s job is to separate families,” said Jordan Garcia, the protest’s organizing director. “They’re in the business of deportation, in the business of taking fathers and mothers away from their children.”

House Democrats recently introduced legislation to abolish ICE, however, when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy agreed to bring the bill to a vote, Democrats reneged and disclosed they would vote no.

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