They are planning to protest outside Johnny Choates home, who the group describes as “cruel.” The group has encouraged people to bring a sign, poster, musical instrument, and “all your righteous rage” so Choates neighbors know what he does for a living. Abolish ICE Denver added they intend to have peaceful rally.
Video: Dueling ICE Rallies & Marches Held In Aurora
“The planned protest outside Warden Choates home by extreme anti-ICE protesters goes beyond the pale. Groups like Abolish ICE have demonstrated they have little regard for the rule of law, and the threatening nature of this protest should be taken very seriously,” Colorado GOP Chairman Ken Buck said in a statement.
There were dozens of protesters, estimated to be over 100, who descended upon Choate’s neighborhood. Their demonstration also drew around 50 counter-protesters who voiced support for Choate. Aurora police arrived to maintain security and usher the protesters away from the area. Three individuals were ultimately arrested, according to a statement from the Aurora Police Department.
Video: Protestors march to Aurora, Colorado home of ICE detention center director
“It should not be difficult for elected officials from either party to speak out against this blatant attempt to terrorize Mr. Choate, his family, and his neighbors,” he added.
In an editorial published last week, The Aurora Sentinel criticized the protest as a “thinly veiled act of extortion and terrorism,” adding, “Its an unnerving and repugnant act that borders on violence. Its a scheme that clear-headed members of these and other anti-ICE or anti-GEO groups should work feverishly to stop.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has said they do not support the protest outside Choates home.
As Breitbart News has chronicled, Abolish ICE Denver, Denver Communists, and Denver Action Network organized outside the home of Aurora’s ICE processing center warden Johnny Choate, arriving in shirts reading, “Let them all in,” and, “Close the concentration camps.”
Abolish ICE protesters carried signs demanding an end to international borders and nation-states, chanting, “No nations, no borders, no racist deportations!”
Anti-ICE protest underway, marching from Denver park to Aurora facility
In one case, an organizer of the protest blamed “global climate change” for mass illegal immigration to the United States. Other footage posted online shows protesters demanding ICE agents quit their jobs.
The protest is starting. This group is traveling through the neighborhood of the ICE facility warden in Aurora. Protestors are yelling Quit your job. pic.twitter.com/igbQ0MGTOD
Anti-ICE protesters march in administrators Aurora neighborhood
This is horrendous and awful. These thugs are threatening this man and his family at his private residence. Have they no decency? Where is @GovofCO? Condemn this behavior! #copolitics pic.twitter.com/fMYHsuu9cD
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Protestors meeting a large group of neighbors. Police are blocking the culdesac. pic.twitter.com/O3UwVODuEX
But early in the day, ICE supporters far outnumbered those opposed to the federal agencys detention of immigrants. ICE supporters began to gather to the north of barricades at 10 am. By 11 a.m. about 100 people had gathered around a small stage to hear comments from conservative speakers, including Michelle Malkin.
Video: 3 arrested during protest outside home of Aurora ICE facility warden
Police have now come in between protestors and neighbors who gathered on a lawn pic.twitter.com/RSeR4QVahc
3 Arrested At ICE Protest Outside GEO Officials Home In Aurora
The Abolish ICE organizations had been permitted for weeks to organize the protest outside Choate’s home via Facebook, as Breitbart News noted. In one instance, members of the Denver Communist group threatened to set the Aurora ICE facility on fire.
He said he was there to support ICE and support the laws we have and support the people who follow the laws. Immigrants entering the country through established legal processes are being left behind, Phipps said. Those are the good people who we like to welcome to the country, he said.
Abolish ICE protesters have increasingly targeted ICE agents and the employees of the GEO Group company, which aids the federal agency with detention space for border crossers and illegal aliens.
Most recently, the day before an ICE facility was shot at by gunmen in Texas, Florida, Abolish ICE protesters threatened GEO Group employees, shouting, “We know where all your children live,” and, “We know where you sleep at night,” as Breitbart News reported.
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