23 Feb Defying the Terror of Trump’s Mississippi Immigration Raids
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, local media reported on raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in three Mississippi cities. Below is a statement by Saket Soni, Executive Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ):
“Donald Trump’s deportation force burst into eight Mississippi restaurants yesterday and held terrifying workplace raids. In at least one case, local piece reportedly blocked the entrances and exits. As a national organization based in the South and dedicated to immigrant rights, we condemn the terrorization of immigrant workers and the collaboration between ICE and local police. This kind of collaboration has led to major civil rights violations and made communities less safe in the South and all around the United States.
“Donald Trump’s hateful executive orders are meant to criminalize every immigrant worker and family member in the U.S.—our friends, our co-workers, our neighbors—and raids like these are the result. But immigrant members of NOWCRJ’s Congress of Day Laborers are organizing to resist. We call on all people of conscience to pledge to stand with us and our allies throughout the South—against criminalization, for family unity, and for the right to organize without retaliation.”