UNITED STATES—A large group of protesters outside of the Immigration and Customs (ICE) detention facility in Aurora, Colorado ripped the U.S. flag off the flag pole and replaced it with the Mexican flag.
Demonstrators vandalized the Blue Lives Matter flag by spray-painting “Abolish ICE” in red spray-paint and hung the flag upside down.
The protests at the facilities is in retaliation to ICE Raids that are happening across the country.
The Trump administration has spoken publicly about the upcoming raids that undocumented individuals, would not be permitted to stay in the United States illegally.
Canyon News reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director of Communications and Denver Field Office Director John Fabricatore for the central region.
“We value and respect people’s right to peaceably assemble and express their discontent with our country’s laws. However, disrespecting our flag should not only be an insult to me as a federal law enforcement officer and as a military veteran, but to all Americans. ICE officers are unfortunately experienced in dealing with unruly mobs who often do not have facts to back up their often misleading assertions.
Our ICE officers enforce federal immigration laws on a daily basis. By doing so, they improve public safety in local communities by removing criminal aliens from the streets and the U.S. ICE officers maintain the integrity of the U.S. immigration system by enforcing the laws that Congress has enacted.
ICE officers are true professionals and will not be dissuaded by organizations or groups who have never truly seen how the staff at these facilities focus on ensuring the safety and well-being of the individuals who are detained,” said Fabricatore.