Protesters against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flocked to the home of Johnny Choate, warden of the Aurora, Colorado ICE facility on Thursday night, chanting “Abolish ICE!”
Prior to the protest, the group Abolish ICE enthused on Facebook, “Join us in confronting a high-level immigration-enforcement official at their home! We will also be canvassing their neighborhood and informing their neighbors about their role in the inhumane organization they work for.” Matthew Wozniak, an organizer with Abolish ICE, stated, “This is the next step in our work towards changing the system and bringing justice towards millions of families … We need to force the dialogue on folks that are so far not interested in hearing what we have to say.”
Abolish ICE Denver wrote on September 7 that high level officials were “shaking in their boots.” They wrote on Facebook:
People have been asking about ways to get involved in protesting the deplorable conditions and human rights abuses at the ICE concentration camp in Aurora, CO.
This camp is notorious for numerous outbreaks and quarantines, coverups, medical neglect, torture via solitary confinement (up to nine months) of trans, gay, and mentally ill captives, and was one of 4 camps nationwide that was recently reprimanded by *Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security* for human rights abuses. That’s unbelievably bad.
The protests, marches, and vigils are working –– high-level officials are shaking in their boots right now, knowing that the people of Colorado are continuing to escalate our DEMANDS for justice for the people held inside GEO.
We plan to peacefully assemble and exercise our First Amendment rights outside the home of Johnny Choate in Aurora, CO. Bring a sign, poster, musical instrument, and all your righteous rage and let’s make sure every one of his neighbors knows exactly what they are living next to.
Please share this infographic and invite a friend or 9! Human rights only come alive when we protest, organize, strike and rebel in order to uphold justice!
The Washington Examiner reported that Colorado GOP Chairman Ken Buck stated, “The planned protest outside Warden Choate’s home by extreme anti-ICE protesters goes beyond the pale. Groups like Abolish ICE have demonstrated they have little regard for the rule of law, and the threatening nature of this protest should be taken very seriously. It should not be difficult for elected officials from either party to speak out against this blatant attempt to terrorize Mr. Choate, his family, and his neighbors.”
Acting Field Director for ICE John Fabbricatore told Denver7, “The intent is really on the safety of our officers. So there’s been a lot of rhetoric that has come out on various things that our officers are either unsafe or they’re not doing the right thing by the immigrant population and that is very much untrue.”
Colorado state Rep. Patrick Neville tweeted on Thursday night, “This is horrendous and awful. These thugs are threatening this man and his family at his private residence. Have they no decency? Where is GovofCO? Condemn this behavior!”
This is horrendous and awful. These thugs are threatening this man and his family at his private residence. Have they no decency? Where is @GovofCO? Condemn this behavior! #copolitics pic.twitter.com/fMYHsuu9cD
— Rep. Patrick Neville (@PatrickForCO) September 20, 2019
The Colorado House Republicans echoed, “Radicals are marching on the home of an honorable man tonight. Yet, we still have radio silence from @GovofCO. We’re waiting, Governor. Denounce the radical and violent left now.”
Radicals are marching on the home of an honorable man tonight. Yet, we still have radio silence from @GovofCO. We’re waiting, Governor. Denounce the radical and violent left now. #StandWithICE https://t.co/JJWuoYACiR pic.twitter.com/PmCOxtJOEO
— CO House Republicans (@COHouseGOP) September 19, 2019