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Investigate ICE's human rights violations

March 6, 2018

 

Trump has given permission to ICE to invade communities across the country. Agents are reportedly terrorizing immigrants and tearing families apart. Its agents are also reported to be detaining and deporting prominent immigrant activists and also to be abusing people in their custody.

 

Trump picked anti-immigrant bigot Thomas Homan to be acting director of ICE and wants him to lead the agency permanently. Homan has instilled fear in immigrant communities and recently bragged about how many immigrants his agency has deported since Trump took office. He believes all undocumented immigrants are criminals and has aggressively encouraged his agents to deport immigrants from communities across the nation.

 

ICE is detaining immigrants at hospitals, schools and courthouses. Its agents are even arresting and detaining Dreamers and green card holders.  Now, ICE is targeting immigrant activists who are speaking out against these violations. Its agents have deported Haitian activist Jean Montrevil and detained and threatened to deport other prominent immigrant activists including Maru Mora Villalpando, Eliseo Jurado and Ravi Ragbir.

 

Recently, more than 70 members of Congress signed a letter calling out the DHS for failing to investigate thousands of sexual assault complaints and other human rights violations filed by immigrants who were detained by ICE. ICE agents have reportedly subjected immigrants in their custody to unnecessary strip searches, forced them to eat moldy and expired food, and denied pain medication to those with debilitating diseases. That is unacceptable.

 

When security forces or intelligence services are terrorizing disenfranchised communities or resistance movements in other countries, Americans are quick to speak out. Now it's happening here at home and it’s up to us to stop it. We cannot allow ICE to operate in the shadows any longer. 

 

Tell the DHS Office of Inspector General to investigate the human rights violations against immigrants and immigrant activities which are claimed against ICE. 

 

You can email at: dhs-oig.officepublicaffairs@oig.dhs.gov

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