Activists Shut Down ICE Office In Washington, DC

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Above photo: From Never Again Action Twitter.

Thousands of Jews, Immigrants, and Allies Protest at ICE Headquarters, Demand Democratic Party Adopt New Immigration Platform that Recognizes Dignity for All

On Tuesday, July 16, at 11:30 am at the ICE headquarters on the National Mall and 7th St. NW, Movimiento Cosecha and Never Again Action shutdown the ICE headquarters in downtown Washington, DC, blocking all entrances and exits. Some were arrested.

“As Jews, we know from our own history what happens when a government targets, dehumanizes, and strips an entire group of people of all their civil and human rights. We refuse to wait and see what happens next,” said Never Again Action’s Hannah Klein, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and the daughter of a refugee. “Never again is now.”

Today’s action in DC is organized under the banner of Never Again Action and the Cosecha Movement, an immigrant-led-movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Last week, the Cosecha Movement launched the Dignity 2020 Campaign, laying out an immigration platform for the Democratic Party and 2020 hopefuls that recognizes dignity for immigrant workers and families. The platforms calls for:

  • Immediate legalization of all 11 million undocumented immigrants
  • An end to all detention and deportation
  • Reunification of families separated by deportation under previous administrations

“In this moment of public reckoning, it’s time to put forward a new vision on immigration that recognizes the dignity of all immigrants,” said Cata Santiago a spokesperson for the Cosecha Movement. “We won’t sit back and allow the decades long bipartisan attack on immigrants to continue. We are charting a new path forward and demanding those politicians who claim to be with us to join in the fight for dignity for all immigrants.”

Never Again Action is a movement of Jews against ICE working to hold the political establishment accountable for enabling both the deportation machine that has separated immigrant families across the US for decades and the current crisis at the border. Since June 30th, thousands of Jews have taken action and over 120 people have been arrested halting rush-hour traffic (Boston), stopping the Fourth of July parade (Philadelphia), and barricading the entrances of detention facilities (Los Angeles, Chicago, Rhode Island).

Trump and the GOP are ramping up the terror and cruelty of the deportation machine, but they didn’t invent it. For the past two decades the immigrant community has been experiencing a daily crisis of raids, mass deportation and the separation of families. Just two weeks ago, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that gave $4.6 billion in border funding to ICE and CBP, with no accountability over agencies that have been responsible for the deaths of children in their custody and the separation of millions of families.

Since Trump took office three years ago, millions of Americans have borne witness to the atrocities of family separation, immigrant detention, mass raids and deportation. The American public has been exposed to the realities of detention and family separation that the immigrant community has been experiencing for decades. In the face of shifting public opinion on immigration, Americans are ready for a new vision on immigration that recognizes the dignity of immigrant workers and families.

  • Infarction

    The concentration camps that are sprouting like mushrooms in the US are the prototype for the incarceration of not only immigrants fleeing from conditions that the US created in their former countries, but also for political prisoners as crackdowns and authoritarianism increase under Trump’s fascist regime.

    The dominant class is alarmed at the incipient stridency that is emerging from four women of color in Congress that even members of their own political party pejoratively call “the squad.” The ossified Congressional leadership of both obsolete political parties continues to desperately cling to reactionary views of neoliberalism and its spawn austerity. The dominant class vilifies socialism in frightful fits of rhetoric that espouse the wonders of capitalism. Their outright terror of the coming demands for socialism from an angered working class is brightly evident in the language of the oligarchs and their lickspittles in Congress and the corporate media.

    For his part, neofascist President Donald Trump is increasing the level of viciousness not only around the globe, but at targeted groups in the working class that do not have white skin. His panicky tirades drip with the fear that the dominant class has for the rising tide of rage that is developing in the underclass in the US.

    More cruelty and government-sponsored terrorism is in the offing from the occupation army disguised as local police. It will continue to rise in frequency and intensity as a result of the push back erupting from the working class.

  • Campbell

    These Jewish people protesting of treatment of those who are entering the US illegally I wonder their feelings of those who would try to enter Israel no differently ?

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    Do you understand the difference between entering illegally and seeking asylum??

    Sounds like the answer is no.

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    Totally agree. Although if you read some of the stuff on leftwing websites, including this one, the asshole in the Oval Office is going to usher in a new era of peace. It’s mind-blowing.

  • John Chadwick

    Campbell’s forte is not understanding anything in depth but rather to act as a ‘Comment Critic’. It only feeds Campbell’s ego that people actually acknowledge her/his presence on this site…

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    I don’t know him/her. I come here only occasionally.

  • mwildfire

    What?!

  • mwildfire

    In any case, most of them are young and odds are, they are not Zionists. There is a difference between American Jews, who are divided on the Israel/Palestine question, and Israelis who are fairly uniformly fascistic.

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    Hell yeah. Look at past articles here on Korea. All about how the asshole-in-chief is going to bring peace to the K peninsula. And not just here, but as I said, other leftwing sites as well.

  • squanto pilgrim

    they are still Jews, the same Jews that have murdered over one million Palestinian children since 1948. These are the same Jews that are everyday imposing a Nazi like regime on helpless Muslims. Do not be fooled, These are the same as the Jews who use pink washing.

  • The Never Again Action also blocked the ICE detention center in Elizabeth NJ a few weeks ago. 36 people were arrested. Weekly Sunday vigils are being held. All are welcome.

  • They are not Zionists. You are confusing all Jews with Zionists.

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    You need to check your bs. See Tom Violett’s comment below. I think he meant to respond to you anyway:
    “They are not Zionists. You are confusing all Jews with Zionists.”

  • squanto pilgrim

    almost all Jew in israel are fascists

  • mwildfire

    Giving him credit for reducing tension with Korea–which is actually mostly due to a better South Korean government–doesn’t equate to saying Trump is going to usher in a new era of peace. That’s pretty much the only country in his favor–he’s very much escalated against Iran, and Venezuela, and alienated much of the world–but much of this is following on to what Obama set up. Nothing wrong with giving Trump credit for the one situation he de-escalated.

  • mwildfire

    No they are NOT the same Jews. Got some evidence for this claim, or is it just “All Jews are…” –which is actual antisemitism, as opposed to the very broad misuse of the term to apply to anyone who opposes Israel’s policies.

  • mwildfire

    I’m afraid that’s true (since you included the word “almost”). But these are American Jews.

  • Campbell

    Do you know of Semitic people ?

  • Campbell

    Going on written history it were the Zionists who sowed the seed in Germany to move the Yiddish Jews to Israel

  • mwildfire

    of? What do you mean?

  • Campbell

    Semitic can also include Arabs

  • Campbell

    Zionists are the executive branch of the Jewish empire , they were commenced in Germany in 1860-61 and were responsible the world wide economic war on Germany in 1933 and later responsible for removing Yiddish Jews from Europe to Israel .