The first time I saw an Immigration & Customs Enforcement van was in Detroit. For some children of immigrants in Detroit, they may say the same thing and add that the last time they saw their parents was in an ICE van.
The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) is reporting that in Detroit ICE followed parents taking their children to the Hope of Detroit Academy, detained at least two parents, and essentially forced other parents to remain inside the school, afraid of leaving and afraid of being detained by ICE. Eventually the ICE officers left.
I remember this happening in another school somewhere else. So this is not a new fear tactic. The irony of the school being called “Hope”, one of Obama’s 2008 election campaign slogans, exemplifies the double-speak the Obama administration continues to use.
I reject the framing that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in the U.S., that this type of harassment is something that belongs to other countries, especially “exotic, POC” countries, where our families often come from. This type of terrorism is what built the United States and what maintains the current balance of power here. So long as we keep using the narrative that these sort of things: the summary killings of people on the border, the robbing of children of immigrants, and the robbing of parents of children, the harder it will be to fight. I also reject that these are the actions of a few rogue ICE agents. There have been far too many instances of using power and fear over our communities to make this a “one off”. This is how ICE functions. This is the current immigration policy of the Obama administration.
Call 202-282-8000 – Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to demand stopping the terrorizing of our communities.