President Biden was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers shouting that he “abolish ICE” and “end detentions now,” during a car rally on Thursday with the Democrat agreeing with the protestors’ demands, saying “give me five days” to make their cause a reality.
Just minutes after Biden began his rally remarks held in Duluth, Georgia where he thanked the state Democratic leaders and activists, a small group of protesters disrupted and started chanting that the president “end detention now” while the others chanted “Abolish ICE!”
“We’ll give you a microphone!” Biden responded.
“Communities not prisons!” the protestors chant evolved, before turning to “Abolish ICE! Abolish ICE!”
Another heckler then shouted, “End private detention centers now — please!”
“I agree with you. I’m working on it, man,” Biden said as they continued to interrupt him. “Give me another five days.”
The attendees at the car rally cheered at Biden’s response.
Before Biden stated that agreed with their grievance, one of the protesters chanted “we voted for you, too” and “our families are dying” as a small group held a wide orange banner facing the stage. The neon orange banner held up close to the stage, but was pointed for the audience to see, and not towards Biden read “Communities Not Cages.”
The president said that he believed the group was referring to “private prisons” moments later while promising that he is working on addressing this issue.
“Folks, y’all know what they’re talking about,” Biden said. “There should be no private prisons, period, none, period. That’s what they’re talking about, private detention centers. They should not exist and we are working to close all of them.”
“I promise you,” Biden added.
As security began escorting the hecklers away as they persisted with the shouting, Biden told them to, “Let them go. I promise you the only thing that’s going to keep me from doing that is you keep moving. I promise you.”
The protesters were eventually escorted out of the car rally and Biden continued on with his speech.
On his first day in office, Biden signed in one of his slew of executive orders instructing the Department of Justice to end any contracts with private prisons, but the order did not apply to the Department of Homeland Security, which is using private detention centers to hold apprehended illegal immigrants.
Biden traveled to Georgia, first paying a visit to former President Jimmy Carter’s home before his drive-in rally to mark his first 100 days in office where he rehashed his $4 trillion two-part spending packages — $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan and his $1.8 trillion “families” social welfare plan, both masked as infrastructure and jobs spending proposals that he outlined Wednesday night in his first primetime joint session of Congress address.
After the rally, Biden clarified his “give me five days” response to reporters, saying he was “teasing them” about that timeframe.