Joe Biden's Closing Remarks Interrupted by Protesters From RAICES Chanting 'No Kids In Cages'

Protesters from the action arm of the advocacy group Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) interrupted former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statements at the Democratic debate Wednesday in Nevada. Shouting phrases like "No kids in cages" and "You deported 3 million people," the activists were quickly escorted from the debate proceedings.

RAICES took responsibility for the action on Twitter.

"BREAKING: We are interrupting @JoeBiden at the #DemDebate chanting #DontLookAway and #NoKidsInCages," the group tweeted. "We need a Democratic candidate to adopt the #MigrantJusticePlatform and commit themselves to improve the lives of migrants and refugees!"

Soon after their ejection from the debate, the protesters posted a video in which they explained their actions.

"As you might have seen, we just interrupted the Democratic debate," said one of the protesters, "and the biggest reason why we did that and we interrupted Biden is because for the last three debates, there has been absolutely no questions about immigration."

"We decided to interrupt," the protester continued. "We're not sorry. The immigration debate today was the last issue they talked about and they didn't even have time to talk about it. This is not okay."

Newsweek reached out to RAICES Action for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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"No kids in cages!" yelled immigration protesters who interrupted former Vice President Joe Biden's closing remarks during the Democratic debate Wednesday in Nevada. Mario Tama/Getty

RAICES Action serves as the "political arm" of RAICES Texas, a non-profit that provides legal and social services to migrants and refugees at either a reduced rate or no cost. The group is a proponent of the Migrant Justice Platform which would effectively replace the current immigration policy.

Among the action items in the Migrant Justice Platform are a moratorium on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations, the demilitarization of the border between the U.S. and Mexico and the cessation of asylum obstacles, such as the Muslim Ban.

"Overall, it is the beginning of a new discussion for immigration action that must include impacted communities, remedy past mistakes, and see the whole of the global crisis," reads the RAICES Action website.

As of November 2019, the administration of President Donald Trump had deported fewer than 800,000 people from U.S. soil. But the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president, deported over 1 million people during its first three years.

In a February interview with Univision, Biden said the deportation of 3 million people, including 1.7 million with no criminal record was a "big mistake."

"We took far too long to get it right," Biden said. "I think it was a big mistake. Took too long to get it right."

"The point is there were too many," Biden added. "I saw the pain in the eyes of so many people who saw their families being deported. I know what it's like to lose family members. It was painful."