Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Immigration protesters shout down acting DHS secretary

October 07, 2019 - 7:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down.

McAleenan was scheduled as the keynote speaker at Georgetown University Law Center during an annual immigration law and policy conference Monday held by the nonprofit immigration think tank Migration Policy Institute.

As McAleenan tried to speak, protesters stood up and held banners, one read "Hate is Not Normal" and shouted out the names of children who had died in immigration custody.

McAleenan started talking at least three times, and each time he was drowned out by a small but loud chorus. He was to take questions from the audience.

The auditorium was filled mostly with immigration lawyers and advocates. Some shouted at the protesters, asking them to allow McAleenan to talk.