ICE: The making of an American Gestapo
Chacón, Justin Akershttp://socialistworker.org/2018/07/17/ice-the-making-of-an-american-gestapo
Date Written: 17/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22889
Justin Akers Chacón, author of Radicals in the Barrio and co-author with Mike Davis of No One Is Illegal, takes an in-depth look at the troubling history and practices of a government agency that more and more people are calling to be abolished.
An upsurge of opposition to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is taking shape across the country, catalyzed by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance policy" of forcibly separating families and detaining children at the U.S.-Mexico border and warehousing migrant children in ICE detention centers.
Hundreds of thousands protested across the country on June 30. Activists in Portland, San Diego, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbus, McAllen, Atlanta, New York City, Washington, D.C. and other cities temporarily occupied or blockaded strategic entrance and exit points at ICE detention centers in order to effectively disrupt operations.
In the electoral arena, the surprise Democratic primary election victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's 14th congressional district sent shock waves through the party establishment and highlighted the growing number of left Democrats who, like Ocasio-Cortez, are calling for the abolition of ICE.
Cynthia Nixon, a Democratic Party candidate for governor in New York, has gone so far as to call ICE a "terrorist organization."