100s-1000s protested outside ICE Offices in Bloomington MN yesterday amidst limited national coverage. Immigration Rights activists were calling for immediate legalization, an end to raids, and a shutdown of ICE. Speakers included children of undocumented workers and retirees in the U.S. who discussed how these raids were destroying families and robbing underage U.S. citizens of their homeland. In the case of the later, many young people born in the U.S. to undocumented workers (ie citizens) are deported along with their parents or worse scooped up by the already over taxed Foster Care System b/c their safe and loving parents have been taken in a raid. Stigmatized children face discrimination in schools by their peers and some adults, the fear of coming home to an empty house every time a raid happens, and the rise in violence against Latin@s in communities that are publicly disparaging immigrants and/or have experienced immigrant raids.
Over 30 people were arrested for exercising their right to peaceful protest. As the images below show, the arrest of those blocking entrances to ICE parking lots and roads surrounding the building did not prevent activists from holding ranks.
The last image was taken this morning. Radical praxis – we shall not be moved!