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8 arrested as protesters block entrance to Denver-area ICE office over separation of families

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Several protesters shackled themselves together and blocked the entrance to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office on Thursday.

Law enforcement used tools to take apart the shackles and arrested eight people.

The eight people chained themselves together to block the entrance to the facility to protest the separation of families.

Law enforcement officers used power tools to cut the protesters free, handcuff them, then give them water before taking them away.

The ICE protests were scheduled to last all week. Some people had been at the protests everyday since they started.

"Really, honestly, it’s a community act," said Marianne Reddan, one of the protesters who was sitting under a tree. "The whole thing has been a community."

People donated food for the protesters and others provided legal counseling to those who were detained and accused of entering the country illegally.

The protesters' main message is they want ICE to reunited detained parents with their children.

It's estimated about 600 families are still separated. That's far fewer than a month ago, but far too many for the protesters.

"I can think of no better way than to use my time then to fight for kids, families, community," said Matt Wozniak, another protester.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement fully respects the Constitutional rights of all people to peacefully express their opinions. ICE remains committed to performing its immigration enforcement mission consistent with federal law and agency policy," ICE said in a statement.

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