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Protesters Call For End Of ICE, Zero-Tolerance Policy

June 24, 2018 - 3:55 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Protests taking place all over the country Sunday calling for an end to the president's zero-tolerance immigration policy.

In Detroit, it's day two of demonstrations outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Field Office.

BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) organizer Nicole Conaway is calling for President Donald Trump's removal from office.

"I think they've gotten the message loud and clear, I think they hear us," said Conaway. "We're out here saying it today. Impeach, resign, however, he can be charged or indicted  - either way - by any means necessary - the president has got to go, and these policies have got to stop - he could be impeached, he could resign like Nixon did, the numbers are growing stronger and stronger."

Around the nation - tens of thousands calling for the end of the ICE office -- created under the Bush administration about 15 years. 

Conaway notes the success that demonstrators have seen in Portland, Oregon. 

The ICE offices temporarily shut down mid-week due to the commotion "and security concerns," a spokesperson told NPR.

The office remained closed for the same concerns Thursday — announcing the closure with a note that protesters are hurting the migrants they're advocating for, by delaying necessary sessions intended to inform ICE detainees of U.S. immigration law.

"We know that what we are doing works ... and it's going to continue," said Conaway. 

Trump signed an executive order last week that immigrant families crossing the border illegally will no longer be separated. More than 2,300 children were taken from their parents in recent weeks under the previous policy and moved indiscriminately around the country -- the youngest among them moved to 'tender care' facilities. 

Administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them.