An emergency court hearing was canceled Tuesday as attorneys for the hunger striker sought a temporary restraining order against ICE after officers allegedly threatened him with force-feeding.
Because of their immigration status, many undocumented residents have been afraid to approach officials with Florence evacuation questions and concerns, fearing detainment or worse, one local organizer told Rewire.News.
Sen. Jeff Merkley acquired a document showing $9.8 million was diverted from FEMA to ICE to pay for more “detention beds” and “ICE’s transportation and removal program.”
"This massive request of voter data seems clearly designed to disenfranchise and intimidate voters and to disrupt the administration of an impending election with major state and national implications."
Kareem Crayton of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice said the "timing and scope of these subpoenas from ICE raise very troubling questions about the necessity and wisdom of federal interference with the pending statewide elections.”
Advocates told Rewire.News that some of these children remain purposely separated from the adults they migrated with because they are legal guardians, not "parents."
In a handwritten letter shared on the NWDC Resistance Facebook page, immigrants participating in the hunger strike said they were "demanding change and closure of these detention centers."
Not all of the collective's members could be in Durham for the three-day gathering, but those in attendance told Rewire.News that what they were learning would benefit all people in sanctuary—especially if they are able to get out.
Colectivo Santuario is not taking no for an answer anymore. "We are going to get people out of sanctuary. We are going to stop their deportations. We're not going to stand for people being incarcerated in churches anymore," said one organizer.
"They thought this letter that has no legal standing would scare us into hiding. It's going to take more than that," explained Phillip Agnew, co-director of the Dream Defenders.
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