Close the Camps. A World without ICE

We Dare Defend Our Right To A World Without ICE

Last week, I dropped my kids off for their first day of school in our small Alabama town. The kids were excited, but I was a nervous wreck. Like every dad, my mind raced through a million scenarios – but none came close to what families faced just a few hours west from us on their first day of school. In Scott County, Mississippi, 650 heavily armed agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) swarmed poultry processing facilities, arresting 680 immigrant workers. And we’re being told we’re safer because of it. I am not safer because my government has decided its top priority is to tear families apart for the sole purpose of stoking racial division. I am not safer because my elected officials fuel the flames of white supremacy that motivate mass shooters to target Latinx shoppers at Wal-Mart. It is only through fear and corruption that rightwing extremists maintain their grip on power in our states. And I, for one, am sick of it. The ACLU and immigrant rights groups all across the South are mobilizing to help. As a member of Hometown Action and the People’s Action national network of grassroots groups, I’m asking what we can do to support them. Not just in this moment, but long-term. Alabama’s state motto is “we dare defend our rights.” Today, we dare defend our right to inclusive communities. We dare to defend our right to happy families, and to live together in peace. ICE, you are not welcome in our Alabama. Or in Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina or any other state of the South or our nation. We dare defend our right to a world without ICE.

Justin Vest is executive director of Hometown Action in Alabama, part of the People’s Action national network of grassroots groups.

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