Protesters at a private ICE contractor office in Florida threatened employees and their children, warning “we know everything about you.”
Demonstrators gathered outside of the Boca Raton headquarters of The GEO Group with bullhorns, drums and signs demanding the closure of detention centers on Monday, just one day before a shooting aimed at the group’s Texas office.
Holding signs that read “Blood Money” and “No One Is Illegal,” protesters chanted “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here!” in front of the office building of the contractor which operates immigration centers on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to Breitbart News, “protesters with Never Again Action, Miramar Circle of Protection, Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees, Food Not Bombs Fort Lauderdale, Students Working for Equal Rights, and the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County shouted threats at workers and former employees of the GEO Group.”
Video footage captured by Breitbart showed one activist openly targeting GEO Group’s former general counsel John Bulfin, threatening his children and even blaring out where they live.
(Video: YouTube/Breitbart News)
“We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out],” one woman shouted into a microphone. “We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”
“We know where you sleep at night,” a protester yelled. “We know what kind of dog food you buy your dogs.”
“We’re not actually joking,” the woman added as she blared out Bulfin’s information. “John Bulfin you go to [bleeped out], you go to church on [bleeped out], you live on [bleeped out the] road. We are not joking.”
The leftists staged their Florida protest just one day before shots were fired at an ICE office and The GEO Group’s office in San Antonio in what the FBI is calling a “targeted attack.” Initial reports indicated that a suspect was arrested but authorities later released him after determining he was not involved, according to KSAT-TV.
ICE office in San Antonio reportedly damaged by gun shots, suspect under arrest https://t.co/HChBjpu4xf
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 13, 2019
“These shootings were cowardly, brazen, violent acts, absolutely without justification and a threat to our entire community,” San Antonio FBI Chief Christopher Combs told KSAT. “An attempt to attack federal employees is a federal crime with serious consequences. The FBI will relentlessly pursue every lead in this case to find the individuals who are responsible.”
Here’s a photo of one of the bullet holes from this morning. @USCIS stands with @ICE as they work to enforce our laws and keep Americans safe! pic.twitter.com/AUvgpGJco6
— USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli (@USCISCuccinelli) August 13, 2019
“I don’t think there is a question that they knew which floor the ICE office is on,” Combs said during a press conference Tuesday, noting that the rounds that were recovered were all found on the floor that houses ICE offices. “To fire indiscriminately into any building is not an act of a protest but an act of violence.”
He also expressed concern over the safety of ICE agents in other locations in the country.
The left continues to attack President Trump and conservatives over rhetoric they claim is fomenting violence in the nation while turning a blind eye to their own behavior.
The shooting at an @ICEgov office this morning is (at least) the 4th anti-ICE incident in about a month
Aug. 13 – San Antonio, TX
July 16 – Washington, DC
July 14 – Tacoma, WA
July 12 – Aurora, COhttps://t.co/pnFJacdsrX
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) August 13, 2019
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin highlighted the hypocritical silence “about the climate of hate” in an opinion piece published by BizPac Review on Wednesday.
Michelle Malkin: Open Borders Inc. — Who’s funding the wicked war on ICE? https://t.co/ngd0YzqKo1
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 14, 2019
“The dishonest narrative and lies that are being spread about the services our company provides is based on the same false rhetoric that has led to the endangerment of our employees, of government employees, and the public,” The GEO Group said in a statement to WPTV.
“We have never managed any shelters or facilities housing unaccompanied minors or any border patrol holding facilities. Our facilities are not overcrowded,” the statement continued. “We have been a trusted service provider to the federal government for over three decades, under Democratic and Republican Administrations, and in that time, we have never played a role in setting immigration policy nor have we ever advocated for or against immigration enforcement policies.”
Since AOC accused the men and women of ICE of running “concentration camps,” ICE facilities in Tacoma, Washington and San Antonio, Texas have been targeted.
Still, AOC says “I don’t regret it at all.”pic.twitter.com/Fc2Bzdb9Rb
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 14, 2019
“The safety of our employees is our top priority and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that their safety and their security remains our top priority,” GEO Group VP of Corporate Relations Pablo Paez told Breitbart.
“These are politically motivated attacks. We have been a service provider to the federal government for over 30 years. The fact is that the services we provide in our facilities today are in no way different than the high quality, professional services under the same standards that we provided for eight years under President Obama’s administration,” he added. “So where was the outrage then?”
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