ICE Threatens NYC Sanctuary With Violence and Hypocrisy, We Will Not Be Moved
The New Sanctuary Coalition calls out Matthew Albence, Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for his gall and hypocrisy. His finger pointing at our sanctuary city for the death of a citizen is absolutely astounding considering the number of people who have died while in ICE custody.
We are appalled by the brutality of this moment. We need to stop all violence, both from within our communities, and from outside agencies like ICE that have destroyed so many lives. We strongly reject ICE's attempts to exploit another immigrant’s status. No one is illegal, and this demonization of all immigrants and people of color is defamatory and dehumanizing.
Is Acting Director Albence ready to take responsibility for the death of seven children who have died in ICE custody since last year? Felipe Gomez Alonzo, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, Jakelin Caal Maquin, Mariee Juarez, Wilma Josue Ramirez Vasquez, Darilyn Valle, and Juan de Leon Gutierrez were all under the age of 18 and in ICE custody when they died. The violence he is supposedly denouncing, is happening under his watch.
Today, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., let's remember his words, "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." The New Sanctuary Coalition denounces violence and injustice, and works toward a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect.
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