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Demonstrators Protest During Local Graduation

Posted at 7:32 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 23:42:22-04

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson delivered the commencement speech at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School.

There was a bizarre sight at the graduation. Protesters came in during Johnson's speech.

The protest was against deportation.

After they were escorted out, Johnson replied to the protestors.

"Those young people represent a voice that deserves to be heard,” Johnson said. “I don't always agree with the matters they deal with, but it deserves to be heard. They have a voice."

Johnson added that immigration has been the most emotional issue he's ever had to deal with.

The graduation ceremony took place at 6 p.m. Saturday.

This was just one of hundreds of high school graduations happening this weekend in Middle Tennessee.

NewsChannel 5 would like to congratulate all of the 2016 high school graduates!