An Abolish ICE demonstration in San Francisco. PHOTO/Wikicommons
The progressive cause célèbre to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency has been gaining traction in many parts of the country, including Oakland where the police department aided ICE agents during a raid in August 2017, East Bay Citizen reports.
On Monday night, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling on Congress to abolish ICE. The resolution was authored by Council-member Rebecca Kaplan.
“ICE’s actions have had ramifications in our own backyard. ICE came into West Oakland and tore apart a family while falsely slandering them–claiming it was a criminal case–when they were filing a civil deportation action and no criminal charges. We’ve now experienced enough of ICE telling lies, ripping apart families, and leaving guns loose where they get into the hands of murderers and spreading racism.” ~ Rebecca Kaplan
Thanks to my colleagues for voting yes on my reso to #AbolishICE – they have lied to us, ripped apart West Oakland family, used OPD, and claimed Oakland family committed crimes that they hadn’t, when ICE doing deportation case. https://t.co/viwzih2j6P
— Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) September 18, 2018
Oakland has been a sanctuary city for decades, and I am pleased to be a part of the state of California, which recently adopted a Sanctuary State law.
Sanctuary jurisdictions do not assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement in conducting immigration raids or turning over people for deportation. When ICE asserts that it’s targeting criminals, some believe we should work with the federal agency. I disagree — because ICE has misled us when it claimed to be pursuing criminals.
Our community was outraged by the Oakland ICE raid, and the help that the Oakland Police Department provided for it. Claims that OPD was only providing “traffic support” did not ease this concern, as local resources were used to provide assistance for ICE.
Our community was outraged by the Oakland ICE raid, and the help that the Oakland Police Department provided for it. Claims that OPD was only providing “traffic support” did not ease this concern, as local resources were used to provide assistance for ICE. Rebecca Kaplan
To identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) upholds America’s immigration laws at, within and beyond our borders through efficient enforcement and removal operations.
ERO enforces the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the United States.
ERO transports removable aliens from point to point, manages aliens in custody or in an alternative to detention program, provides access to legal resources and representatives of advocacy groups and removes individuals from the United States who have been ordered to be deported.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.