Activists protest I.C.E. at Kent County Commission meeting

Posted at 11:25 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 16:53:56-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Activists are again making their voices heard at the Kent County Commissioners meeting.

Dozens of people protesting the county's contract with federal immigration enforcement, I.C.E., are calling on commissioners to revoke the contract.

The county has said that they cannot break the contract.

Last month, protesters disrupted the meeting which then had to be adjourned.

Thursday, protestors presented a resolution that explicitly called for the end of the I.C.E. contract. They wanted commissioners to sign it. Two did, including Robert S. Womack and Betsy Melton.

Commissioner Robert S. Womack said, "I know that I.C.E. does some great things here in the United States, but at the same time, with the ripping of babies from mothers coming into this country, that's something I can not stand by."

"I thought signing would let my fellow commissioners know how sincere the protestors are, how sincere I am of us sending a message to I.C.E. that we do not support those actions that they are doing right now at our border," Womack stated.

Gema Lowe with Movimiento Cosecha GR told FOX 17, "We want to end the contract."

"It's disappointing that [we're] not ending the contract right now," she stated.

We'll have more from the meeting throughout the day on FOX 17 News.