Abolish ICE

President Donald Trump and Congress

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is out of control. Although racist deportation laws have targeted immigrant communities since 1882, it has only been in the last few decades that the scale and cruelty have reached the current intolerable situation. ICE was created in 2002, in the wake of 9/11, conflating all immigrants with terrorists. Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama set the framework for the white supremacist Trump regime to make it the current domestic gestapo force that targets sick children, activists, grandparents that have committed no crimes, and asylum-seekers. No migrant or refugee is safe from ICE, and that is exactly the fear and cruelty that Trump and his ICE are spreading throughout the country.

Private prison companies make the majority of their profits off of the pain and suffering of immigrant families and communities integral to the U.S. that represent the best of what this country is supposed to be. We cannot accept this situation. We can do something about it.

More tax money is spent on ICE than on all law enforcement agencies combined. ICE is out of control. It didn’t exist 15 years ago, and it shouldn’t continue to exist. It is a threat to not just immigrants, but democracy. It’s time to #AbolishICE

The evidence is overwhelming.

Journalist WIll Bunch put it best, "In the first year of Trump’s presidency, we now know, immigration arrests and detentions spiked by a whopping one-third over 2016 — proof that the president has kept has his campaign promise for a “deportation force,” merely by “taking the shackles off” the ready and willing team he already had in place, ICE. What’s more, the biggest driver of this increase has been the seizure of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record, which has doubled under the Trump administration.

Those are the grim numbers behind a human rights catastrophe of families ripped apart and entire communities in our country now infected by fear, afraid to drive their kids to school or testify against those who actually are criminals. We’ve done a decent job in America teaching our kids about the inhumane nightmares of the recent past, to adopt a mantra, “Never again.” But the not-so-secret-police-force called ICE that operates with an almost mechanical heartlessness within our borders is what “again” looks like, here in America, in 2018.

It’s time to say, “Enough!”"

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Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)