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ICE Raid in RI, the People Respond

category north america / mexico | migration / racism | news report author Friday July 18, 2008 05:27author by Juice - NEFAC Report this post to the editors

On the Providence, Rhode Island ICE raids and community response. [Italiano]
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7/15/2008
Over 150 community members rallied at the ICE office in downtown Providence where many immigrants were held after a raid today. More than 30 janitorial workers were at several State buildings.

The 'La Red de Defensa' rapid response network set up by the Olneyville Neighborhood Association, went into affect, calling out hundreds of migrant people, union members, community groups, clergy and progressive individuals from all over the Providence area.

The protestors made human blockades at the exits of the facility, using direct action to delay and resist the transport of the imprisoned immigrant people. We made a strong show of community power and indignation to fascistic immigration policy.

We will continue to stand together to resist the criminalization of migrant people! Stay alert for updates on how to help bring justice for the detainees, and continue to resist the criminalization of immigrant people.

No One is Illegal!

Related Link: http://nefac.net/en/node/2411
author by nestorpublication date Fri Jul 18, 2008 17:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

COuld someone tell me what "ICE" is?

author by Randy - CTC supporter (personal capacity)publication date Fri Jul 18, 2008 18:38author address author phone Report this post to the editors

ICE is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It is a fairly new acronym, but I've seen it frequently of late. Best I can tell, it is under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security, another recent invention.

The US has a huge number of recent immigrants at this time, many of whom are not officially citizens. ICE is charged with the peculiar form of law enforcement for that portion of the population.

author by nestor - Anarkismopublication date Fri Jul 18, 2008 21:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thanks, Randy! Fine action, this.

author by coyotepublication date Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's not so much that many of the recent immigrants aren't citizens that makes the situation interesting, it's the fact that many of the immigrants have failed to ask permission of The State to move. Which I think rather cool of them myself.

author by electricrnb - NEFAC-USpublication date Sun Jul 20, 2008 00:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Coyote: I don't understand what you mean.

author by m(A)tt - NEFACpublication date Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:49author email circleamatt at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Coyote - It's less a question of failing to ask permission in an open act of defiance, so much as a recognition of the futility of going through the legal channels of gaining citizenship. it is a prohibitively long and expensive process, which necessarily biases the immigration system in favor of people from rich (white) countries and against those who are less fortunate.

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