Chris White on August 30, 2019
Hundreds of left-wing activists gathered in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal on Thursday, demanding immigrant detention centers be closed down, immigration raids end, and ICE be abolished.
The demonstration was organized by Rise and Resist, a progressive organization that was formed in response to Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, and first reported by Fox News. Around 300 protesters huddled inside the main hall at Grand Central Station, carrying signs, and demanding an end to various immigration enforcement policies brought on by the Trump administration.
“We are at Grand Central Station in NYC raising awareness about ongoing abuses by the Trump Administration. We will not give up until all migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are freed,” read a tweet by Rise and Resist.
A member of group claimed that there was no crisis at the southern border and that no crimes were being committed — besides the “crimes being committed by the Trump administration.”
The demonstration was met with a smaller number of counter-protesters. Conservative activists appeared close by, holding “Keep America Great” banners and Trump 2020″ posters. One Trump supporters told Fox News that ICE agents and other law enforcement personnel deserved more respect.
“The Democrats had the White House and Congress [under former President Barack Obama] and they did absolutely nothing” to solve the immigration crisis, the Trump supporter, who identified herself as “Jennifer,” said Thursday.
Grand Central Terminal — which sees around 750,000 people pass through daily — has served as a top attraction for liberal protesters. While law enforcement officers were on the scene for Thursday’s protest, there were no reports of arrests or violent clashes between the two groups.
A slate of anti-ICE protests have arisen across the country in recent time, coinciding with Democrats increasingly harsh rhetoric against the federal agency tasked with carrying out deportation orders.
An ICE office in San Antonio was shot at several times earlier in August, with an FBI spokesman later saying that it was “no question” a targeted attack against the agency. A left-wing protester was killed in a shootout with police in July after attempting to firebomb an ICE facility in Washington state.