LA Anti-ICE Protesters Stage Demonstration Demanding They Free All Detainees Over COVID-19 Concerns

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Posted: Mar 31, 2020 7:00 PM
LA Anti-ICE Protesters Stage Demonstration Demanding They Free All Detainees Over COVID-19 Concerns

Source: Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Los Angeles, Calif. — Multiple people showed up in their cars outside the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center on Tuesday to demand Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) release all of their detainees from custody out of fear for their health and safety if there is an outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus in ICE facilities.

Since social distancing protocols are being enforced by the city of Los Angeles, protesters drove around the block in their cars, holding signs, and honking their horns for their demands to be met. They were also calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to help free everyone who is currently in ICE custody.

Signs, that were held outside of cars or taped onto windows, read: "Release them all," "Let them out," "Detention is deadly," "F**k ICE," "Another Jew against concentration camps," and "Their blood is on your hands."

The protest was organized by multiple groups such as Never Again Action — Los Angeles.

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Matthew Hom, who is a part of Never Again Action — Los Angeles, told Townhall the protest was organized because during the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic, "we need to make sure that we free them all, release them all from detention because it's only one person who's infected who can turn an entire detention center into a death camp."

Hom said while some cities and counties have released some low-level, non-violent offenders, "it's not enough" because the county needs to be "preventing new arrests of non-violent crimes" to stop overcrowding.

When asked about the risk of releasing immigrants who are violent or have committed serious crimes, since their call is to release everyone, Hom replied, "We would believe ICE's system does not function to hold people who are criminals. It functions to terrorize families and tear children away from their parents."