Biden, Distracted by Protesters, Promises to Close All Private Prisons; But He May Have Misunderstood

By Susan Jones | April 30, 2021 | 6:36am EDT
Protesters interrupt President Joe Biden during a drive-in rally on April 29, 2021, in Duluth, Georgia. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters interrupt President Joe Biden during a drive-in rally on April 29, 2021, in Duluth, Georgia. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "End detention now! End detention now!" cried protesters who interrupted President Joe Biden's speech in Duluth, Georgia on Thursday.

"Abolish ICE," they shouted, holding up a large orange banner that read, "communities not cages." Biden could not read the banner because it faced the crowd.

Biden, distracted, paused several times to listen to the protesters. He also responded to them:

"I agree with you. I'm working on it, man. Give me another five days," Biden told them. "Folks, y'all know what they're talking about. There should be no private prisons, period. None, period. That's what they're talking about. And private detention centers. They should not exist. And we are working to close all of them."

Six days after taking office, Biden signed an executive order directing the Justice Department not to renew contracts with privately operated "criminal detention facilities." But those are separate from immigration detention centers.

So far, Biden has not endorsed calls from the left to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). However, earlier this month, his administration ordered ICE and Border agents to change their language as it relates to illegal aliens.

The following words are now forbidden:

“Illegal Alien”
“Undocumented Alien"
"Alien"
"Alienage"
"Unaccompanied alien children"
“Assimilation”
“Immigrant Assimilation”

Instead, ICE and CBP must say:

"Undocumented Noncitizen”
“Undocumented Individual” or “Undocumented Migrant"
“Noncitizenship”
“Noncitizen Unaccompanied Children”
“Integration” or “Civil Integration”
“Immigrant Integration”

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