#ruralresistance in Ohio! it looks like we are in the very beginning of #occupyiceohio “COLUMBUS, OH—Inspired by immigrant justice activists who have shut down Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in cities across the country (see Mijente’s Free Our Future platform), the environmental group Earth First! and the American Indian Movement of Ohio came together to take over an ICE office this morning in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Earth First! and AIM are calling for the abolition of ICE and other demands.
On a typical weekday, on the fourth floor of Columbus’ 47-story LeVeque Tower, ICE officers process undocumented Ohioans forced to check in at the agency. Immigrants, only accompanied by lawyers in some cases, wait for indeterminate times for their names to be called, knowing the check-in could escalate with no warning to a full-on deportation. Some sit with a single suitcase. This is all a person about to be deported is allowed to carry.
This morning, that routine came to a halt. People have filled the hallway, the front of the building, and the streets outside with calls to abolish ICE and reunite the families the agency has abused.
ICE has been rebuked internationally for its imprisonment of migrant children at the US’s southern border, but it has also been highly repressive in Ohio, conducting raids in Sandusky, Salem, and Massillon. The ICE raid victims were detained and put into deportation hearings, during which they are generally denied their right to representation and are forbidden to have in-person contact with their families. Children who are left parentless are tossed into foster care or remain imprisoned without a plan for reunification.” Please follow & $upport #appalachiaresist & #earthfirts /@earthfirstjournal #queerappalachia #electricdirt