Roughly 100 people were arrested in New York City following protests demanding an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The demonstration forced the closure of a major highway.
Parts of the West Side Highway in Manhattan were temporarily shut down Saturday, according to New York City’s official emergency notification system.
Protesters overwhelmed the area near West 26th Street. They linked arms and held signs reading, “Abolish ICE” and “Close the camps.”
“We DEMAND an end to all detention and separation of families at the border and everywhere,” event organizers wrote. “We DEMAND dignity, respect, and permanent protection for all undocumented immigrants.”
Due to protest, all lanes of the West Side Highway are closed at West 26th Street in both directions in Manhattan. Consider alt routes. Multilingual & ASL link: https://t.co/KVVnlbeL5T.
— NYCEM – Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) August 10, 2019
“Those arrested were charged with disorderly conduct for obstructing traffic,” NYPD detective Sophia T. Mason said.
Calls for the closure of ICE have intensified since the Trump administration last year implemented its “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.
#Protesters halted #traffic on #Manhattan #WestSideHighway
Some #NewYorkCity streets were closed to traffic after demonstrators locked arms in protest of #ICE/#Arrestshttps://t.co/deNWz4Jv9m #NYC #NewYork #CloseTheCamps #CloseTheCampsNow #CloseTheCampsNYC #AbolishICE
— tiniskwerl (@tiniskwerl) August 11, 2019
Criticism reignited last week after 680 undocumented workers were arrested in Mississippi in a record-setting immigration sweep on the first day of school.
The raids happened Wednesday at six food-processing plants. More than 300 of the detainees had been released by Thursday, an ICE spokesman said.
These most recent protests are taking place within weeks of a domestic terror attack on an ICE facility and a protest at another that led to the American flag being taken down and replaced with a Mexican flag.
Not only are civilian protestors causing issues, but they seem to be taking their lead from elected officials.
In the latest of what is seemingly becoming commonplace, an activist group was protesting ICE. This time they were blocking the entrances and exits to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C. Federal authorities arrested at least 11 Jewish activists and immigration rights activists.
There is a movement to abolish ICE over the condition of migrants detained in border facilities, as well as family separations.
The group called Never Again Action marched from the National Mall in Washington D.C. to the agency building where they linked arms and stood or sat down in front of entrance and exit doors. ICE employees could be seen trying to get into the building without success.
The group has held #ShutDownICE demonstrations in other cities.
Some protestors carried a banner aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that read, “Pelosi, never again is now.” Pelosi has come under attack by progressives after she supported $4.6 billion bill to send aid to the U.S.-Mexico border after pushing for more protections for migrants.
Other signs compared ICE to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis. Protestors also blocked rush hour traffic around the agency headquarters.
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This protest followed several others across the county. Last week, protestors outside an ICE facility in Colorado briefly replaced the American flag with the flag of Mexico. An armed man was killed over the weekend when he tried attacking an ICE detention center in Washington State.
Critics of the agency have called for its dissolution and have chastised immigration officials over the treatment of migrants, some of whom have said they go days or weeks without showers and are given inadequate food and water.
People are following the lead of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She has allegedly toured detention facilities and uncovered a laundry list of “atrocities.” The problem is, she is making it all up.
An ICE employee impacted by the protest told WJLA:
“The law is the law. What I swore to do, when I joined this agency, it was to do the job.”
So, on the topic of the law, we couldn’t agree more. Yet we have governors, mayors and even sheriffs and police chiefs who are refusing to uphold the law.
It’s one thing to protest. It’s another to obstruct justice. And that’s exactly what people in Chicago were looking to do this weekend.
Dozens of volunteers seeking to disrupt federal deportation raids fanned out across Albany Park Sunday morning.
“The main thing we want to achieve is extreme delay,” said Anthony Joel Quezada, who works for Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa.
You heard that right – actual Chicago city employees have joined pro-illegal immigration supporters in protesting and interfering with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents as they carry out deportation arrests in several major cities.
“Armed with cell phone cameras and teamed in pairs of two, the volunteers set out on foot and on bike to look for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids or signs of an impending raid, such as unmarked law enforcement vehicles staging outside a home. As of early Sunday afternoon, there was no evidence the highly anticipated raids had begun.”
Let’s back up a few notches and put this in perspective. United States citizens, and more importantly, employees of cities, are seeking to interfere with and obstruct justice by contacting ICE agents as they carry out deportation raids. This is the latest in a long line of sanctuary city actions aimed at curbing immigration enforcement.
It is most definitely time to start arresting people.
Let’s take this a step further. I would like to introduce you to 18 U.S. Code§ 2384.What is this code? It is called seditious conspiracy. The code reads:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.
Here are just a few of the people who have already, by definition, committed seditious conspiracy. Could we potentially see these individuals charged?
- San Francisco Mayor London Breed
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore
- Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
- Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo
Many say these attitudes of either pro- or anti-undocumented immigration fall along party lines, and that appears to be accurate – Democrats want open borders, free medical care for people here illegally, free school, driver’s licenses, and other benefits, while Republicans want the border to be strong and enforced, including “interior enforcement” or the follow-up actions designed to detain and deport those who stay in the country and break federal law.
Many local, state, and federal politicians and city leaders have boldly announced that they will interfere with enforcement efforts, and the extreme of these efforts include statements by several of our Congressional members giving tips on how to avoid being departed and even giving pointers on how to deal with ICE and avoid capture.
The rhetorical question begs to be answered – if police officers, deputies, federal agents, and other law enforcement personnel are vilified when doing their jobs, and flogged in the proverbial public square at the slightest deviation from their sworn oaths, why are politicians allowed to aid those breaking federal law – to the point of giving evasion instructions or physically interfering with enforcement officers?
It’s an easy assumption that this is all just a political shell game designed to minimalize the president’s successes, given that immigration was one of his biggest campaign issues.
As a matter of fact, the people targeted in these recent deportation raids have been through the formal process, got their day in court, were determined to have criminal records, and were ordered by a judge to be deported – they have refused to comply with the court orders, and were given notifications in February 2019.
The people who are interfering with ICE and giving pointers on escape and evasion are helping criminals hide from court orders. Can you imagine if we did the same for US citizens who were rapists, murderers, and other convicted felons? Our citizens would be swept up by warrant teams and their “helpers” would be jailed for aiding and abetting. For whatever reason, it’s different for immigrants not here legally.
Politics for sure – fake outrage – after all, that statistics don’t lie: According to Politico, President Trump has ordered deportation an average of 16,900 people per month. That figure is dwarfed by even the lowest month under President Obama, which boasted more than 20,000 people. Obama’s highest month exceeded 34,000.
In fact, President Obama deported more people than any president in history – according to research by ABC News, between 2009 and 2015, the Obama administration removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Add an additional 260,000 deportations for 2016. 2.75 million deported, approximately.
Ironically, there were no protests against the Obama administration concerning deportations, and no direct, physical interference by citizens and city employees.
For reference, former President George W. Bush deported just over 2 million people in his 8 years in office. Bill Clinton deported a similar number.
Using President Trump’s average deportations per month as a reference, approximately 811,000 people will have been deported at the end of his 4-year term. Even if re-elected and that number doubles to 1.6 million in 8 years, that is still far below the numbers produced by other recent presidents.
This is purely political, and very dangerous. Simply put, Democrats want open borders and want to lure migrants with offers of free stuff, and then they’ll keep them voting Democrat for years. That sounds eerily familiar and reminds me of Lyndon Johnson in 1968. He had a similar plan and for the same reason.
Some are calling out the president, and their claims are dripping with irony.
According to USA Today, Camila Alvarez, a managing attorney for the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles, said the day proved “anxiety-inducing” for the community.
“It’s so clear that this is a political tool for the current administration,” Alvarez said. “These raid announcements have been designed to instill fear in the immigrant community.”
Calling these deportations a “political tool” is ironic when the same people making that claim are organizing interference missions that only serve to obstruct the president’s agenda and directly conflict with federal law.
Back to Chicago, (San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, etc.) their mission and message is clear:
“If we delay them an hour or two, that’s an hour or two we’ve given for the next person who’s being targeted,” said Ramirez-Rosa.
It might be time for a new roundup. One where federal agents show up at city hall’s around the country and start arresting mayors and chiefs of police. This might open a few eyes to the fact that what these individuals are committing a crime. And it’s time they stop.