DOVER, N.H. – Protesters disrupted Joe Biden's first campaign event Friday at the start of his weekend swing through New Hampshire.
Fired by immigration policy under Obama administration, and dozens of activists led by national immigration group Movimiento Cosecha derailed Biden's post-speech meet
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Biden has come under fire for the three million deportations that took place under the Obama administration, and Movimiento Cosecha recently held another protest at the former vice president's campaign headquarters in Philadelphia.
About a dozen protestors surrounded Biden with signs that read "End all detention.
The activists who interrupted Biden's community event also introduced him to a Guatemalan man whose brother had been deported under Obama.
The event was held beside a river, and one demonstrator holding a sign paddled by him and a kayak
"I will not apologize for deportation if the person committed a felony," Biden told the protestors, as his staff tried to clear and track through protestors and Biden supporters jockeying for selfies, to remove the former vice president from the crowd. "
Biden referred to Obama five times during his 40-minute stump speech, but invoking the former President did not quell the immigration protestors.
"The Obama administration was not a great friend to immigration at all," said protester Shannon Jackson, 17, of Nottingham. "If Mr. Biden does not get the nomination or become the president, we will ensure that he does not repeat what happened during the Obama administration."
During his earlier stump speech, Biden acknowledged hits he took from the party's left flank. Biden said that he was "skewered" by the "new Democratic Party," for working with lawmakers he did not agree with during his time in the Senate, criticism that followed Biden since he made a comment about working with a segregationist lawmaker he disagreed with in the Senate. Biden also warned that the broad Democratic primal field would not turn into a "circular firing squad."