Kent Co. commission suspends meeting amid protest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County commissioners suspended their meeting Thursday morning because of protesters who said they opposed the county’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE.

Dozens of protesters marched through downtown Grand Rapids chanting “ICE out of Kent County” and carrying signs with messages including “abolish ICE now” and “ICE not welcome here.”

Police could be seen monitoring the protest and blocking off roads as demonstrators traveled downtown.

Movimiento Cosecha GR and GR Rapids Response to ICE said they organized the demonstration to demand an end to the county’s contract with ICE.

The groups first gathered at Calder Plaza to speak out about the treatment of immigrant families and their children by ICE and U.S. border patrol agents. From there, protesters traveled to the site of the county commission meeting to voice their opposition to the alleged ICE contract.

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