Protesters, Police Square Off Outside ICE Office In Detroit [VIDEO]

July 12, 2019 - 7:55 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Protests are underway this morning outside the Detroit office of Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Protesters gathered Friday outside of the ICE office on East Jefferson at Mt. Elliott, calling for an end to deportations of immigrants and family separations.

"Detroit has made it clear, immigrants aren't welcome here," the crowd chanted. "The people united will never be divided."

The protest is in advance of rumored raids by ICE agents this weekend in Detroit. 

Activist Sam Riddle said immigrants in the city are being aggressively targeted.

"The reason we're here today in Detroit, Detroit is number two in ICE arrests. Detroit is number two across the nation in ICE arrests. We know that there are raids planned for Detroit as soon as today," Riddle told WWJ's Mike Campbell.

Riddle said the protests will continue throughout the day, all over the city. Emily Tolterton, from Westland, is among those demonstrating.

"I am here as a mother, as a citizen, as a human being, and I'm trying to prevent the second Holocaust from occurring," Tolterton said.

ICE, formed after the Sept. 11 attacks, had been told under the Obama administration to focus on removing immigrants who had committed crimes. President Donald Trump, in one of his first moves in office, directed his administration to target anyone in the country illegally. The operation was suspended while congress debated funding, but is expected to resume now that funding has been approved.