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Dozens of activists and illegal immigrants stormed former vice president Joe Biden’s Philadelphia campaign office Wednesday and vowed not to leave until he apologized for the high number of deportations under Obama, and promised to end the practice if elected president.
Less than two hours later, many had given up.
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“A group of families whose loved ones were among the roughly 3 million people deported under the Obama administration will hold a sit-in at Joe Biden’s campaign headquarters in Philadelphia on Wednesday, saying they’ll refuse to leave until they receive an apology from the former vice president,” The Huffington Post reported.
An update a short time later:
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After protesters demonstrated for hour and a half in the building’s lobby using megaphones and signs, Philadelphia police arrested six activists from the group. When police arrived, undocumented families left the building to avoid being arrested and potentially sent into ICE custody.
The protest highlighted the policies that earned former President Obama the dubious title “deporter-in-chief,” and Biden often reminds the public he was Obama’s right-hand man.
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Wednesday’s protesters erected makeshift cages in Biden’s campaign headquarters, where they also sat Indian style in the lobby with a sign that read “52,000+ in Detention Today!” Biden wasn’t at the office, and his campaign basically ignored the protestors’ concerns.
“6 people arrested today at @JoeBiden’s campaign office in Philadelphia as immigrant families confronted the Dem frontrunner over the 3 mil deportations that took place while he was VP,” Movimiento Cosecha, the group that organized the protest, posted to Twitter. “They are demanding an apology and commitment to end all detention & deportation on day 1.”
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CNN’s Jake Trapper highlighted the stunt Thursday.
“We talk a lot about how there were also things going on at the border and with the undocumented community under Obama and Biden,” Trapper said. “Obama deported many more of them,...
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