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Demonstrators gather in Milwaukee to protest planned ICE immigration raids

Demonstrators gathered in Milwaukee Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to enforce immigration raids across the country.

The raids were scheduled to take place this past weekend, but were postponed for two weeks.

They target about 2,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally.

The protests happened outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at North Broadway and East Knapp streets.

Organizers said they shut down access to the building for a time.

The group gathered said it wanted to make clear how strongly it opposes the Trump Administration’s immigration enforcement strategies.

“The majority of people in this country really do not agree with the immigration policies that are being carried out so viciously and so carelessly,” the Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, a retired Lutheran pastor, said.

Milwaukee is not on the list of cities the raids planned to target.

“The current immigration policies of this country are not in line with the Constitution of this country, the culture of this country and certainly not in line with what we, as a faith community, believe in,” one protester said.

Members of the United Church of Christ Assembly, which is meeting this week in Milwaukee, joined in the protests.

The group was made up of members of several different faiths.

ICE said in a statement Friday it will not provide details on enforcement actions in the interest of the safety of its agents.

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