Hartford police arrested 35 protesters who blocked the entrance to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It was part of a rally where nearly 400 came out to protest recent immigration policies.
Our cameras rolled as a mother handed off her child and a baby broke down in tears. She was one of the many protestors taken away in the back of police vans. One by one officers escorted them away. Organizers knew this could happen.
Carolina Bortolleto said, “We’re here to disrupt the daily working day of ICE. So some people are willing to do whatever it takes to do that.”
Hartford police chief David Rosado said, “We talked with the folks ahead of time. I think that’s what they want at times.They just want to send a message It’s not about making arrests here today. We’re actually here to allow people to safely express their first amendment rights.”
“We, as the people, are voicing our concerns and be like no enough, This is enough,” said Hartford’s Chiedza Rodriguez.
All of them took aim at President Donald Trump‘s zero tolerance policy al the border. Thousands of migrants seeking asylum are being held in detention centers along the country’s southern border. Now, these activists are calling for ICE to be abolished. They say it’s a deadly institution that is caging immigrants.
Trump has said recently if you get rid of ICE, you’re going to have a country where you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house.
“Before we could have said, ‘Oh we didn’t know what they were doing.’ Now we know. So now is a conscience decision so we are saying no Not in my name and this is not what we’re about,” said Chiedza.
“To see the kids on the border now, but this is just long standing policies that they are exacerbating and making worse. it’s horrendous,” said New York City’s Jamie Weisberg.