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DHS Secretary Shouted Off the Stage at Georgetown Law Keynote Address

HeadlineOct 08, 2019

In Washington, D.C., acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference at Georgetown University’s law school Monday after he was shouted off the stage by protesters. McAleenan was billed as the event’s keynote speaker. As he was introduced, audience members rose and unfurled banners reading “Hate Is Not Normal” and “Stand with Immigrants.” They drowned out McAleenan’s opening remarks with protest chants, before reciting the names of children who died after they were jailed in ICE custody.

Protester: “Felipe Gómez Alonzo, age 8.”

Protesters: “Presente!”

Protester: “Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, age 2.”

Protesters: “Presente!”

Protester: “Darlyn Valle, age 10.”

Protesters: “Presente!”

McAleenan left the stage after the names of the dead were read aloud. His appearance at Georgetown came despite widespread opposition on campus, with over a dozen campus groups and hundreds of students, faculty and alumni petitioning for his removal.

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