We have those wrong, awful members of ICE trying to terrorize people from coast to coast. But, people are taking a stand against what they believe is a wrong policy and a rogue agency, out of control, without respect for anything, except for doing the bidding of this rotten Administration.
There was so much that came out when I was preparing this post, I just couldn’t include it.
I used to be among those who thought those that said ABOLISH ICE were being hyperbolic and dramatic.
I don’t think that anymore. This isn’t about a few rotten apples. From top to bottom, this organization is rotten to the core. Time after time, we see these instances of their cruelty. And, it’s not just cruelty; it’s their insistence that they can do what they want to do and not follow the law. You want to pick someone up – have a warrant SIGNED BY A JUDGE. It’s not that hard. That’s your job. But, them just coming upon people, and trying to snatch and intimidate them, without a signed warrant, just by saying , ‘ we’re ICE ‘ …naw, phuck that.
agitator in chief (@soit_goes) Tweeted:
ICE has taken 35 of 2,000 people they were trying to deport into custody. They are blaming community defense efforts for their lack of success.
People in Tennessee stood up for their neighbor:
IF you had the right kind of warrant, then why do you have to smash the window of someone’s car?
Here is another nightmare ICE story….Once again, I will point out that they told us that the were going after CRIMINALS. Yet, once again, I see no CRIMINALS here…
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/ice-detain-immigration-philadelphia-20190718.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar”>My friends were detained by ICE in Philly. Here’s what happened when I tried to help them. | Perspective
Updated: July 18, 2019 – 12:55 PM
Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, For the Inquirer
On July 2, at 9:02 a.m., Stockton University professor Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, a Bella Vista resident, received a text from her friend Elly: “Elisa ICE detain me n my husband.”
“It’s a text nobody wants to get,” Forgey wrote on Facebook later that day, after spending the day at the Philadelphia ICE office trying to get information about Elly and her husband, Fnu. Forgey detailed the frustrating experience in a Facebook post titled “American Nightmare,”that, as of press time, has been shared more than 21,000 times.
Here, an adapted version of that Facebook post, edited lightly for length and clarity:
My friends Elly and Fnu are asylum seekers from Indonesia who have been in this country for about 20 years as their case wound its way through the immigration system. They have two children who are American citizens. They are beloved members of the community, people who volunteer for everything. As with many asylum cases, their case has sometimes left them “out of status.” This is how their arrest was justified.
When I heard that they had been detained, I did not know what to do, so I went to the Philadelphia ICE office. It is a nondescript three-floor operation at 114 North 8th Street. It is sparse, with portable metal detectors and a few chairs, line separators that lead nowhere, and framed photos of President Trump and Vice President Pence hanging askew on the wall.
The security personnel on the first floor don’t make eye contact. They asked me why I was there. I said because my friends had been picked up earlier that morning. “Are you sure?” they asked. I wondered if they did this to create confusion and persuade me to leave. I said I was sure. They asked me for my friend’s name and I gave it to them. To me, it seemed like they recognized Elly’s name when I said it.
“You can go to the third floor,” they said. “You can ask about your friends there.”
“We don’t do that here.”
The office on the third floor was cramped. Chairs along walls. A standing table for filling out paperwork. Lots of people from many places. Children with toys. I was initially confused by sounds of joy. A father laughed as his toddler played with a plastic tic-tac-toe board. For a short moment I relaxed, my body thinking I was in a pediatrician’s office.
“I’m here to see my friends who are being detained in this building.”
We sat. I noticed a woman standing with the family whose toddler had earlier been making his father laugh. She walked over to the plexiglass window.
“Excuse me,” she said.
No answer. People walking around on the inside. She rested her weight on her elbow and scanned the waiting room with authority. She turned back to peer into the inside. Her left hand pressed the bell with annoyance. “EXCUSE ME.” Pressed, pressed, pressed the bell.
She scanned the waiting room again. She caught my eye and I realized I was smiling with relief at her acknowledgment of this strange situation. I felt shame for smiling, but she seemed pleased.
“You know they do this because they can,” she announced to me loudly.
Here’s a posting for a doctor to work at an ICE facility. Look carefully; does this job description sound on the up and up to you?
And, we also told you that they wouldn’t stop. We told you that they were after the non-White population of the United States:
Tim Miller (@Timodc) Tweeted:
This is absolutely indefensible. The state is detaining and American citizen solely because of his race and his families country of origin. He had his freaking ID. https://t.co/4yEEg7z8HUhttps://twitter.com/Timodc/status/1153498306925875200?s=17
Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) Tweeted:
A Border Patrol chief testified that 18-year-old Francisco Erwin Galicia never claimed to be a U.S. citizen when he was in Border Patrol custody for 23 days.
But that contradicts a DHS notice accusing Galicia of falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.
Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) Tweeted:
After 23 days, ICE finally released Francisco Erwin Galicia—a Dallas-born U.S. CITIZEN
•He lost 26 pounds b/c they starved him
•They denied him showers
•They crammed him in a tiny space w/60 men
How much longer y’all who support 45 staying silent?🤔
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) Tweeted:
He lost 26 pounds in 23 days.
He lost 26 pounds in 23 days.
He lost 26 pounds in 23 days.
Think about what this means about the conditions and treatment in these camps.
What this means for people there for longer.
For children who need nutrition to grow. https://t.co/MOvjgIWkt4 https://twitter.com/TheRaDR/status/1154207518236839938?s=17
Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) Tweeted:
Let me see if I have this straight.
ICE can now arrest, detain, and deport you without trial, anywhere in the country, if you can’t prove to them on the spot you’re a citizen when they ask, and sometimes even if you can? https://twitter.com/fawfulfan/status/1154582871488827394?s=17
Yes, absolutely frightening, isn’t it? They are out of control. And, the lot of them need to be fired en masse.