Hundreds protest possible immigration roundups in Denver

July 13, 2019
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People gather at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs, Colo., for the "Lights for Liberty" rally and candlelight vigil Friday, July 12, 2019, as part of a national campaign to call attention to migrant detention centers. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people angry about possible federal immigration roundups across the country protested outside an immigrant detention center in suburban Denver — at one point raising the Mexican flag to the top of one of the poles out front.

The Denver Post reports about 2,000 people gathered at the center in Aurora on Friday night before a candlelight vigil. Protesters packed close to the entrance and raised the Mexican flag and an upside-down American flag on the facility’s flagpoles.

The privately run facility contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

President Donald Trump says the roundups will begin Sunday, and his agents plan to eventually arrest millions of immigrants in the country illegally. Administration officials have said they’re targeting about 2,000 people in the national sweep, which would yield about 200 arrests based on previous crackdowns.

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