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Condemning ICE Terror in Our Communities, Uplifting and Defending Im/migrants

On February 5, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raided the Bear Creek Arsenal Factory in Sanford, NC and detained close to 30 undocumented immigrants. Shortly after, ICE announced that they would conduct raids in Central and Western NC Counties, including Wake, Durham, Alamance, Mecklenburg, Forsyth, and many more.

Since February 5, more than 200 undocumented im/migrants, throughout the state of NC, have been arrested and detained by ICE.

These arrests follow the tremendous community organizing around sheriff elections in Wake County and Durham County, where community elected Sheriffs Gerald Baker and Clarence Birkhead , were moved to end local 287g (“Secure Communities” program). These programs allow for collaboration with ICE and are the antithesis of keeping any community safe. These actions were direct retaliation to the successes that im/migrant communities have had in Wake & Durham counties, and across the country to build sanctuary for undocumented people.

Not too long after, the ICE Atlanta field director made it clear that this string of arrests would be the “new normal”-leaving many of our neighbors to live in fear. We reject this “new normal” and send our solidarity to all communities and families who have been impacted.

We See You, We Love You!

We uplift and appreciate all of the organizers and community members in the Triangle and across the country who  have been determined to keep our people safe and demand an end to the terror that ICE has stationed in our communities.Thank you for pulling together  the countless “know your rights” trainings and communicating accurate information about ICE activity around NC..

We have endless and overwhelming solidarity with all undocumented im/migrants in our community. Everyone has the right to feel and be safe. All families belong together and no human being is illegal. We reject the false dichotomy of “good im/migrant” vs. “bad im/migrant” and will defend everyone in our community, especially im/migrants facing the multiple oppressions of anti-Blackness, patriarchy, homophobia, and transphobia..

The real crime is the actions of ICE to intimidate and instill fear in our people.  We will continue to put our bodies on the line to confront the crimes of white supremacy and xenophobia.

In times of crisis, we know our best defense is to continue to build a strong movement that is unapologetic in fighting for a world where we are all free.

We see you and we love you!

With love and solidarity,

Ignite NC

Youth Organizing Institute

Southern Vision Alliance