Protests erupted at the end of Wednesday’s two-hour Democratic debate, just as former Vice President Joe Biden was set to begin his closing remarks. The protesters, Erika Andiola and Lucia Allain of the Texas-based immigrants’ rights group RAICES, shouted at Biden, “You deported 3 million people!” in a reference to the record pace of deportations under President Obama. They chanted “No kids in cages!” and “Don’t look away!” as they were escorted from the auditorium. This is Erika Andiola speaking just after the protest.
Erika Andiola: “We decided to interrupt. We’re not sorry. The immigration debate today — immigration became the last issue that they talked about, and they didn’t even have time to talk about the issue. This is not OK. We are being the most attacked by the Trump administration, and we deserve a conversation about how our lives are going to look like if any of those people get elected.”