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Hundreds in Colorado Springs and Pueblo protest immigrant detention centers

WATCH Hundreds in Colorado Springs and Pueblo protest immigration detention centers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Hundreds of protestors in Colorado Springs and Pueblo joined a national movement showing opposition to immigrant detention centers.

The gatherings were all deemed, Liberty of Lights.

In Colorado Springs, a few hundred people collected in front of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, gathering signs and discussing the conditions inside some centers.

Daniel St. John was among the protestors. He said, "I want to be a voice for the voiceless."

Damaris Rios, a mother who brought her young son with her said, "I look at him and say I'm a mom you know, so this hits way close to home."

Today's march started just after 8 p.m. and headed North on Tejon, wrapping around the block to head South on Nevada. It came on the heels of ICE raids happening all over the country, including suspected raids in Denver.

Jerima King, an immigration activist said, "this isn't just a fear today. A lot of children have a fear that when they go to school, their parents aren't going to come home."

In Pueblo, nearly 50 people stood near the Sister Cities Plaza.

Sol Tafoya, another activist explained, "I could have been one of those children locked in a cage and I would want to have the same support we have out here tonight."

President Donald Trump confirmed ICE raids are happening this weekend, but told media, they were for the greater good.

"It starts on Sunday and they're going to take people out and they're going to bring them back to their countries or they're going to take criminals out, put them in prison or put them in prison in the countries they came from," he said.

Activists at protests on Friday night said they hadn't heard of any raids happening in Colorado Springs or Pueblo, but are prepared if ICE agents made an appearance in Southern Colorado. 

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