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Protesters looking to shut down Detroit ICE office

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 05:49:00-04

(WXYZ) — Protesters say they will be looking to shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office Monday near downtown Detroit.

A group against deportations, BAMN, says that deporting Iraqi Christians will essentially be the equivalent of signing their death warrants.

Last year, a group of 30 to 40 protesters showed up at the ICE office and caused operations to shift. Back then, the group vowed to shut the office down. This time, the focus is on the expected deportation of Iraqi refugees.

"Those who have already been deported from the U.S. to Iraq are in hiding, unable to leave the house without great risk of arrest, torture and/or death," BAMN said in a statement. "This danger is only increasing."

While the focus is on the Detroit ICE office, this is an extension of the "Occupy ICE" movement that began in 2018. In the past, the president has met the negativity head-on, calling the group "radicals" and "dangerous."