Immigration

Urgent: Va immigration activist detained by ICE in Arizona

Alejandra Pablos is an immigration rights activist who lives in Virginia and partipated in a January 2018 protest outside the Department of Homeland Security. In a brazen act of openly stated retaliation, ICE detained her at an immigration "check-in" in Arizona. ICE openly told her she was being singled out for daring to organize. It is believed that someone from ICE in VA called her "deportation officer" in Arizona to set up her detention.

Protesters for DREAM act lock down on Capitol Hill, storm DNC HQ

On the 5th of March, protesters demanding that Congress pass a clean DREAM act hammered Capitol Hill and the Democrats with a two-pronged direct action. A march from Union Station was able to storm Democratic Party headquarters and confront Nancy Pelosi in person. In addition protesters marched up the Mall and some locked down in a hard blockade to shut down Independence Ave by the Capitol itself. Over 80 arrests were reported.

Video compilation showing march on the Mall, lockdown on Indep Ave, confrontation with Nancy Pelosi

Protesters in lockboxes take over and hold Independence Ave by the US Capitol

Catholic group stages civil disobedience for DREAM act on Cap Hill

On the 27th of February, a Catholic group including many nuns took over the Russel Senate Office Building's rotunda, praying the Rosary and singing "Amazing Grace" in defiance of US Capitol Police. This led to many arrests. The protest was to demand that Congress pass a clean DREAM act to protect migrants brought to the US as children.

Impeachment, anti-Muslim Ban, GLBTQ marches against Trump join at Trump Hotel

The 27th of January was the anniversary of Donald Trump signing Executive Order 13769, also known as Muslim Ban 1.0. This triggered massive airport protests and urban marches a year ago. This year in DC, the march gathered at the White House to oppose Trump's current Muslim Ban, and was met there by the "People's March on Washington," a much larger march, from the WWII Memorial demanding Trump be impeached.Both marched together to Trump Hotel, where they joined with WERK for Peace's "intersectional" GLBTQ dance party.

Video showing how the three marches worked together

Speaker at WERK For Consent demands DC decriminalize sex work

In front of Trump Hotel by WERK for Peace, just after the other marches joined forces with them

ICE deportation orders against immigrant activists draw DC protest

On the 19th of January, migrant rights activists held a protest demanding that ICE and other agencies cease and desist targetting known organizers for deportation orders. One of the speakers was Maru Mora Villalpando of Northwest Detention Center Resistance, who received a no-warning deportation order even though ICE did not have a active case against her.

Photo by Lacy MacAuley

Jewish activists take over Russel building rotunda demanding clean DREAM act

On the 17th of January, several dozen Jewish activists were arrested after staging a civil disobedience in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. Under the tagline #letmypeoplestay , they were demanding that Congress pass a clean DREAM act to protect undocumented migrants brought to the US by their parents as children.

Video compiled from several Twitter clips

Photo by The RAC

ICE raid on Mt Pleasant 7-11 no-show after activists mobilize

On Jan 11, 2018, multiple sources reported that ICE was planning to raid the Mt Pleasant 7-11 the next day. People showed up in shifts to monitor the situation throughout the day, but ICE never showed up. Word of the planned raid had leaked the previous evening, coming to the attention of migrant rights, anti-racists, and anti-fascist groups. If you see ICE agents in the community at any time, please CALL the Sanctuary DMV Hotline at 202-335-1183!

Breaking: ICE Gestapo descends on 7-11 stores, including in DC

On the 10th of January, ICE agents descended on about 100 7-11 stores in a coordinated attack aimed at "interviewing" worker and delivering some kind of audits or "notices of inspection." Fortunately, only 21 arrests came from the entire sweep. Stores were hit in D.C., Maryland, Indiana, Illinois,California, Florida, Missouri, and elsewhere.

Protesters at White House after Trump cancels TPS for Salvadorans, 250K+ face deportation

On the 8th of January, Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary Kisstjen Nielson announced that Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran immigrants is being terminated. Now an estimated quarter million people risk deportation after Sep 2019, the formal end date for TPS. As word of this racist decision spread, protesters gathered at the White House.

15 sec video clip-speaker asks immigrant voters who stayed home in 2016 to boot GOP, Trump

Photo cropped from image posted to Twitter by Brynna Quillin

Vigil held at DC Jail for DREAM 7 as more protests demand no budget without a clean DREAM Act

On the 19th of December, DREAMERs, other migrants, and their allies held a vigil outside the DC Jail for 7 DREAMers and one ally who were being held after a Friday civil disobedience in Senator Schumer's office. They refused to give their names and are on a hunger strike until a clean DREAM act is part of the upcoming budget deal. Three were supposed to be released Tues night but never were.

Update Dec 20 10:45PM: #Dream7 released, all 8. Confirmed by separate Twitter, Facebook reports

Video-support vigil outside DC Jail sings same song #Dream7 ,ally sang in Senator Schumer's office

Video-the DREAM 7 in Sen Schumer's office.

The press conference begins at the DC Jail

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