Earlier this week, Mijente, a new political home for Latinx and Chicanx organizing, launched their “Abolish I.C.E.” tour in Seattle, Washington. The purpose of the tour is to rally support across the nation to defend against unjust deportations, support immigrant communities who have been directly affected by I.C.E., and share ways to oppose anti-immigrant policies.
The tour will make stops in four different states. Their second stop is right here in North Carolina to stop the implementation of the 287g program. The 287g program will allow local law enforcement officers to partner with I.C.E officials to enforce federal immigration law and permit unjust deportations. Any county has the opportunity to partner with I.C.E., but many do not because of the repercussions. This program not only authorizes local officers to act on behalf of I.C.E., but it also affects the trust in the community. People will be less likely report a crime if there is a possibility they will be detained and deported.
The Sheriff of Alamance County has applied to rejoin the program, so now the residents are coming together to protect their communities from this discriminatory program. The rally will be next week on Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Superior Court in Graham (212 Elm Street). Stand with the residents of Alamance County and support the immigrant community against this unjust program.