Joe Biden cut off his remarks during a rally in Georgia when a group shouted “End of detention” and “Abolish ICE” at the beginning of his speech.
During the drive-in rally in Duluth on Thursday, the demonstrators also shouted “communities instead of cages”.
Mr Biden replied that he wanted to end the use of private prisons in the US, which he had promised in an executive order directing the Justice Department to refuse to renew contracts with private, for-profit prisons.
He asked the staff to give them a microphone and added, “I agree with you, man, give me another five days,” although it was unclear whether he could hear their chants from the crowd.
“Guys, you already know what they’re talking about,” he said from the stage. “There shouldn’t be any private prisons, period. None, period … They shouldn’t exist and we’re working to close them all. “
He added, “I promise you.”
Before he stopped speaking, protesters shouted “We voted for you too” and “Our families are dying” as a group held a wide orange banner in front of the stage.
The demonstrators were escorted by staff.
Mr Biden’s administration has faced growing demands from immigration lawyers and civil rights groups to lift a blockade against asylum seekers that stranded thousands of people on the U.S.-Mexico border and to end the practice of detaining unaccompanied migrant minors .
The government has sought to expedite the process of relocating hundreds of minors from US Customs and Border Protection custody to emergency shelters for health and social services.
The American Civil Liberties Union has urged the Department of Homeland Security to immediately close dozens of immigration and customs control detention centers, including a facility in Georgia where a nurse filed a whistleblower complaint that suspected inmates had their wombs removed without their consent be.
Mr Biden’s Executive Order, which is aimed at for-profit prisons, does not affect ICE facilities.
Proponents have revived widespread calls for “abolition of the ICE” on Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda as Mr Biden’s Homeland Security begins curbing the agency’s law enforcement efforts to ensure “fair justice with legitimate civil immigration interests”. according to newly published preliminary guidelines.
The protest at the event on Thursday, which marks the President’s 100th day in office, underscores the challenges his administration faces as he campaigns for an ambitious national agenda to put pressure on Republican lawmakers, from White Pass House-backed laws, including a proposal to put millions of people on the road to citizenship immigrants.
His rally in Georgia followed his first prime-time address before a joint congressional session and in front of the millions of Americans who watched to outline his multi-billion dollar proposal to expand federal safety nets and rebuild national infrastructure.
On a rerun in Duluth, he appealed directly to the residents of Georgia with a campaign-style event to promote his agenda – universal pre-kindergarten and two-year community college, government-funded childcare and paid family and sick leave, massive investment infrastructure, and adoption of an aid package in $ 1.9 trillion to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
He also paid tribute to Georgian voters for doing so after historic turnout led the state to a Democratic president victory for the first time since 1992 and two Democratic senators replaced incumbent Republicans in critical races that changed the balance of power in Congress .
Without the elections for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, his aid law would not have passed, he said.
“These two voices made the difference. It was passed with a single vote, which means that we owe special thanks to the people of Georgia, ”he said. “Because of you … the rest of America could get the help they got.”
He also spoke in favor of Stacey Abrams, an attorney who “empowered people to vote and have their voices heard”.
She “could be anything she wants to be,” including the president, said Mr Biden.
“We won the first round,” he said, referring to the medium-term congressional elections in 2022, “but there’s more to come.”