AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Hundreds of protesters gathered in Aurora on Friday evening to march to the ICE detention facility where illegal and undocumented immigrants are being housed. They also removed the U.S. flag, replaced it with a Mexican flag, and spray painted graffiti on a Blue Lives Matter flag before it was seen flying upside down on the flag pole.

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This comes before planned ICE raids in Denver and 10 other cities nationwide.

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The protesters say they are demonstrating against the treatment of the people living inside. The Blue Lives Matter flag was vandalized with “Abolish ICE” in spray paint.

The original flags outside the ICE facility, including the U.S. flag and Colorado flag were placed on the flag poles after the crowd dispersed. The Mexican flag and spray painted Blue Lives Matter flag were removed.

The immigration raids are set to happen this weekend. They were initially ordered by Pres. Donald Trump last month but he delayed the action by two weeks.

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Some people in Denver have sought sanctuary in churches to avoid being detained by ICE.

In anticipation of the raids, Denver city officials and immigrant rights groups are sharing information about the law with people facing deportation orders.

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RELATED: ‘Great Concern’: Gov. Jared Polis Comments On Reports Of ICE Raids

ICE had originally planned to arrest and deport families in 10 cities in late June, according to a senior immigration official. In addition to Denver, the raids were expected in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. Operations are now expected to begin in all of those cities on Sunday except for New Orleans, which is currently being impacted by tropical storm Barry.

The planned candlelight vigil was called off due to concerns about safety.

Comments (128)
  1. Al Albert says:

    This is it folks, this displays the incredible divide in this country Are you going to continue to vote for Democrats ? If you do, you are going to lose your country.

  2. Unbelievable. Only in America would we let communists attempt to overthrow our government go unpunished. I guess my dad was right when he said that the communists were already in the U.S. And that Fonda was just the tip of the iceberg.

  3. Connie Rackley Ramsey says:

    This CBS reporter made it seem like only a few bad apples doing this. She neglected to show how the “peaceful” crowd CHEERED when the flags were taken down. There is also a video showing the flags carelessly laying on the ground with people all around them, and no one bothering to pick them up.

  4. William Sanders says:

    The Democrats keep claiming we are against “immigrants” – never mentioning “illegal immigrants”. They are counting on much of the country being too stupid to know the difference.

  5. Don Roupp says:

    Abolish illegals.

  6. Walter Shipley says:

    If these protesters are so concerned about what is happening at the border, why don’t they go to the border and find out what is happening there themselves instead of causing BS like this? I think they will find out the democrats are lying!

  7. Estell Newton says:

    If they want to fly the Mexican flag then they should go to Mexico to live. That flag has no place here.

  8. Mark Nord says:


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