Protesters against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have gone to the extreme and are now threatening the lives of ICE agents.
Protesters were outside of the Boca Raton headquarters of The GEO Group as they demanded that detention centers for migrants be closed.
The GEO Group operates detention centers for the United States government and protesters were furious, WPTV wrote.
The GEO Group runs six facilities in Florida, including the Broward Transitional Center in Deerfield Beach and the South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility near Lake Okeechobee.
Boca Raton police, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and the Florida Highway Patrol were stationed outside The GEO Group’s headquarters on Monday to block any protesters from entering the facility.
Demonstrators held signs that read “Refugees Welcome” and “Blood Money” and chanted things like “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!”
“We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [censored], you have kids in [censored],”
“We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here,” one of the protesters said to the CEO of the company.
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“We know where you sleep at night,” another shouted “We know what kind of dog food you buy your dogs.”
“We’re not actually joking,” the woman said. “John Bulfin you go to [censored], you go to church on [censored], you live on [censored] road. We are not joking.
The threats came the day before ICE offices in San Antonio, Texas were targeted at shot at by unknown attackers.
The FBI is investigating an incident that involved someone shooting at two buildings associated with Immigration And Customs Enforcement.
The shots were fired into one of the buildings that contain ICE offices around 3 a.m. San Antonio time, CNN reported.
“We had federal employees who were present, who although they were not hit by the rounds fired, by the grace of God.
“Had the bullets gone 2 inches in another direction, we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official,” FBI Special Agent Christopher Combs said.
“To fire indiscriminately into any building, let alone a federal facility, is not an act of protest, it’s an act of violence,” Combs said. “We are concerned that there could be additional attacks.”
“Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts,” Daniel Bible, director of the ICE San Antonio Field Office, said.
Tuesday’s shooting came days after immigration authorities arrested nearly 700 workers in a massive sweep at seven Mississippi food-processing plants, which left friends and family members desperately searching for answers as to what would happen to their loved ones.
Authorities have not linked the shooting to the arrests last week.
The FBI has opened an investigation as an “assault on a federal official case,” said Combs. The crime scene is being processed and the FBI is reviewing the surveillance footage.
An unknown number of individuals and vehicles pulled up and “fired numerous rounds into the ICE facility,” said Combs, adding that he doesn’t “think there is a question that they knew which floors the ICE offices were on.”
All of the shots discovered at this point were on the floors where ICE had offices, said Combs.
“I don’t think there’s a question that they knew which floors the ice offices were,” Combs said as the bullets only hit ICE offices.
“All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices,” he said. “This is no question a very targeted attack.
“It’s not a secret facility, you can go online, it’s out there. So they did some research, they knew what floors ICE was on, they knew what buildings they were and they hit those,” he said.
“To be honest with you, I’m not sure they thought anyone was in the building, which concerns me,” the agent said.
“If this was an act of protest or a political statement, maybe they thought the building was empty. But you never know when a building is empty, right?” he said.
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