Monday, February 19, 2018

Protest Roundup: Is Resistance to ICE on the Rise?

While media attention was focused on the DACA debacle in Congress, a lot seemed to be going on at the local level. Given the paucity of media coverage, it’s hard to tell whether this represents an increase in resistance, but the struggle may be moving from Capitol Hill to Main Street.—TPOI editor

Immigrant rights activists block Homeland Security van from accessing Metropolitan Detention Center
Photo: Marcus Yam/ Los Angeles Times
By Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2018
A crowd of immigrant rights advocates blocked a Homeland Security van late Thursday from accessing the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Video footage showed dozens of people standing in the street, in front of a marked van, chanting, "Drive out ICE!" and "Stop the deportations!" Some held signs.[…]

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Austin High School students walk out of school during lunch to support detained classmate

Photo: Rose-Ann Aragon KPRC
By Megan Kennedy, KPRC-TV
February 14, 2018
HOUSTON - During their lunch break Wednesday, Students from Stephen F. Austin High School walked out school around noon for a march and rally outside to show support for a student detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

By the hundreds, classmates of the 19-year-old-detained student, identified as Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, displayed signs to show solidarity.[…]

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More than 100 New York City attorneys protest after Ice arrests Bronx man
Lawyers protesting outside a Bronx courthouse say immigrations officers are arresting their clients with no distinct pattern

By Associated Press, via The Guardian
February 9, 2018
More than 100 New York City public defenders have walked out in protest of their clients getting detained at the courthouse by federal immigration officials.

The Thursday protest took place outside a Bronx courthouse, where attorneys say Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (Ice) officers are arresting their clients with no distinct pattern. WABC-TV reports the protest was sparked after Ice arrested Aboubacar Dembele Lanier, who was leaving the courthouse.[…]

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Demonstrators protest ICE deal to keep undocumented immigrants in local jails

Photo: Alessandra da Pra/Tampa Bay Times
By Tony Marrero, Tampa Bay Times
February 9, 2018
TAMPA — Two little girls stood under a blazing sun holding a mock check made out to Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister.

The payor: U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The amount: $50.

That’s the sum that ICE will pay the Sheriff’s Office under a recently-announced contract to hold undocumented immigrants for up to 48 hours in the county jail until federal agents can pick them up.[...]

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Advocates protest immigration policy year after Arizona woman's deportation

By Chris McCrory, Arizona Republic
February 5, 2018
Dozens protested Monday in front of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services office in Phoenix, calling for change nearly a year after Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos of Mesa was deportedafter she went for a routine check-in with the federal agency.

The arrest and deportation of Garcia de Rayos was a catalyst that stirred protests across the state, said Maria Castro, a community organizer with Puente, a human-rights advocacy group.[…]

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