STATE DRIVING FEAR & FRENZY OF POSTS ON RAIDS WITH ACTUAL RAIDS
Last week, the Obama administration confirmed that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) had begun raiding residential neighborhoods nationwide to find and arrest Central American immigrants without papers - spreading fear in Latino communities, splitting up immigrant families, and putting children with undocumented parents at risk.
CRC stands 100% in solidarity with our Central American brothers and sisters against all deportations of undocumented immigrants. We are particularly concerned about the long-term impacts of Xicanx/Latinx children and young people seeing their parents ripped away, left to fend for themselves in this country while their families are subjected to imprisonment, torture, sexual violence and death as a result of these raids. As a Black organization, we know that our struggle against the murder of our people by local law enforcement is deeply tied to the struggle against ICE raids and deportations, and we are committed to building a unified movement of Black and Brown people against all forms of state-sanctioned violence.
Statement from the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, January 4th, 2016:
"This past weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) engaged in concerted, nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this country illegally with children. This should come as no surprise. We have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed."
It is in the context of this official, public position of the Obama administration and multiple confirmed reports of ICE raids across the country (http://missionlocal.org/…/sf-advocates-hold-protest-agains…/ ) CRC Media Corps has reported multiple unconfirmed but coinciding reports of ICE raids in the Bay Area in the past week. While we did not yet have the infrastructure for a swift rumor-confirmation process, we erred on the side of caution to warn our Xicanx/Latinx brothers & sisters of possible ICE raids in specific locations.
Statement from CRC/POCC FM Tur-Ha Ak on Thursday, January 7th, 2016: If undercover agents were posted up somewhere ready to snatch me from my family, I would want to know, even if the info still needed some validation. Community alert systems don't always have the luxury of being perfect. Salute to everyone attempting to defend our communities despite limitations.
In response to the claims made in this artlce (http://fusion.net/…/…/social-media-immigration-raids-frenzy/), CRC rejects the idea that community activists are “driving a frenzy of false immigration rumors in the Bay Area.” The US Government is driving these fears with their concrete policy of targeting undocumented families with violence and deportation. All historical indicators show that, when the US government says publicly that it is going to track down undocumented people and deport them, they are 100% serious about actually following through on that threat. While the white corporate media has the luxury of waiting for officials confirmation of reports of ICE activity, we know that vulnerable undocumented communities can’t afford to wait to prepare to defend themselves and their families from ICE. While we struggle to build the capacity to gather more accurate People’s Intelligence, we have noticed a pattern: every time the Obama administration makes it a federal policy to round up immigrant families and deport them....ICE starts showing up in our neighborhoods rounding up immigrants and deporting them. Y'all wanna give the state the benefit of the doubt? Should we wait until they call us and let us know they’re on their way?
One of CRC’s primary objectives in our organizing is to create a culture of safety in disenfranchised communities. But how can we build the capacity of our communities to defend ourselves from state violence without creating an unnecessary culture of fear? We agree that better People’s Intelligence is needed in order to strike the right balance between preparation and fear. That is why CRC is proposing to the Latino leadership inside the Anti Police-Terror Project (which we are a co-founding member of) to build a new team of First Responders dedicated specifically to investigating and confirming reports of ICE activity. Over the past 18 months, APTP has developed and implemented a model for People’s Investigations regarding incidents of police terrorism and murder. We believe this model can be replicated and utilized in service of increasing immigrant communities’ capacity to defend undocumented families from ICE terrorism. We believe that developing this ICE First Responders team is a principled and strategic use of resources to build the unity and strength of the multi-national anti state-terror movement.
In the meantime, CRC will continue to keep our heads up and our eyes open for ICE activity. We believe that, in order for disenfranchised communities to survive the systematic, genocidal tendencies of the United States government, we need to engage the concrete realities of state violence. We cannot afford to close our eyes, hold our breath, and hope for the best. We know that the State that executed Black Bayview resident Mario Woods firing squad style in broad daylight in December of 2015 is the same State that will show up on our Central American neighbors’ doorsteps with the same military grade shotguns in 2016. Tragically, we know that no amount of “Know Your Rights” education can save us when we are staring down the barrel of those shotguns, empowered by the biggest and most well-funded and organized imperial empire in human history. Are these conditions unbearably terrifying? Absolutely. But these are the conditions we are living under. We will do everything we can to support the defense of our Central American brothers and sisters from this violence. Salute to everyone putting in work to keep our communities safe.
Community Ready Corps (CRC)