DES MOINES, Iowa — A series of protests interrupted the start of the Family Leader’s Presidential Family Forum — even before the candidates were asked their first question Friday night.

Seven Republican presidential candidates attended the forum in Des Moines.

A group calling itself Against All Borders opened up protests by shouting “Deportation is anti-family.” The protest interrupted moderator Frank Luntz just as he was asking the first question of the night, which was directed to Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Attendees of Friday night’s forum shouted down the anti-deportation protesters with their own shouts of “U.S.A.”

A second group of protesters shouted for animal rights and animal liberation.

“You know, I feel like this is being conducted in Berkeley, California,” Luntz said.

Security officers escorted each set of protesters out of the forum.

Luntz asked the candidates if the protests bothered them at all.

“It doesn’t bother me because I realize that it’s a reminder that we live in the greatest country on Earth, and we allow people to disagree with us,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said. “Those people aren’t going to spend the night in jail; they’re not going to be shot out there on the sidewalk.”

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