Audio Report: Community Anger Continues Against #DeportationBus
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Williams hit the road around the same time that Trump made waves for referring to migrants in an exchange with Sheriffs and law enforcement at a meeting earlier last week. Trump predictably said a variety of false claims, such as the San Diego residents were in favor of a wall (polls show more oppose), and that construction on the wall has already begun, (in fact it hasn't however some construction to repair previous fencing has started). While the conservative press had tried to spin the comments in the context of the El Salvadorian gang, MS-13, in reality Trump was simply commenting about migrants in general. He stated in response to the Fresno Sheriff complaining about sanctuary cities:
SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about — if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.
THE PRESIDENT: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.
But of course a closer look at reality is that largely there is no correlation in rising amounts of immigrants in a given area and a rise in violent crime. Moreover, like the United States as a whole, the country has seen largely a drop in violent crime while incarceration rates have only gone up.
As the investigative Marshall Project wrote:
According to data from the study, a large majority of the areas have many more immigrants today than they did in 1980 and fewer violent crimes. The Marshall Project extended the study’s data up to 2016, showing that crime fell more often than it rose even as immigrant populations grew almost across the board.
In 136 metro areas, almost 70 percent of those studied, the immigrant population increased between 1980 and 2016 while crime stayed stable or fell. The number of areas where crime and immigration both increased was much lower — 54 areas, slightly more than a quarter of the total. The 10 places with the largest increases in immigrants all had lower levels of crime in 2016 than in 1980.
Despite this, battles continue to rage over Sanctuary Cities, especially in California, where in some counties, in theory police and Sheriffs are not supposed to work with ICE in the deportation of undocumented people:
This month, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California in response to the state’s refusal to allow local police to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants charged with crimes. On Tuesday, California’s Orange County signed on in support of that suit. But while the immigrant population in the county has more than doubled since 1980, overall violent crime has decreased by more than 50 percent.
Meanwhile in New York, attorney Aaron Schlossberg has been facing a wave of criticism and protest after he threatened to call ICE on a group of workers for speaking in Spanish with a customer. According to CBS News:
In the video, Schlossberg said he would be calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement to have the workers "kicked out of my country." He complained to another restaurant employee that "it's America" and that in a Manhattan eatery "staff should be speaking English."
Schlossberg has since been kicked out of his office and on Friday a large crowd featuring a mariachi band showed up to perform and demonstrate outside of his apartment. Schlossberg has also been hounded on the street by various news agencies and his law office was also attacked on various social media review pages.
While these are all great responses and also shows potential viral nature of antifascist and antiracist organizing, at the same time we shouldn't lose sight of the structural and day to day policies which are deporting migrants and breaking lives apart, or the realities of industrial civilization and globalized capital which push people from their homes in the first place.
Just last week, Trump also pushed for housing migrant children inside military base warehouses if and when their parents are apprehended at the border. With this in mind, let's envision a resistance movement against borders that includes both these viral, and spontaneous actions, as well as long term organizing projects and campaigns that sets our sights on the destruction of all borders.
- 2018-05-21 08:10:13
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