Friday, July 21, 2017

Oakland Dumps ICE, Sets Example for Us All

I didn't even know that this kind of thing could be done.

Oakland rescinds agreement with federal immigration officials

States rights motherfuckers.

The Oakland Police Department can no longer designate its investigators as U.S. customs enforcement officers — a classification that allows local police agencies to work with federal immigration officials on cases of human trafficking, narcotics smuggling and other cross-border crimes. 
Citing concerns over data sharing and heightened fear of deportations, the Oakland City Council on Tuesday unanimously rescinded an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed last summer by former Police Chief Sean Whent, hours before he resigned amid questions over his handling of a sexual misconduct scandal.

Seattle and all decent cities need to do this immediately. ICE is an organization of storm troopers dragging people off to concentration camps before sending them to places where they're likely to be murdered or just left with nothing and no one, apart from their families who now have to survive without them. It's the most inhumane, evil, dystopian present thing ever and people treat it like it's nothing or even a good thing.

Apparently Oakland cops hadn't been participating in ICE anyway, but I think this sends and important message. Anyone with half a heart should refuse to cooperate in any way with ICE. They send people off to die for the crime of trying to escape extreme poverty and violence that probably would have killed them and/or their children, or they round up people who were taken into the country 30 years ago when they were children and deport them to countries where they have no family and no support. Imagine being scooped up and sent to a country where you don't know anybody, don't speak the language, don't have a job or a place to live. For something your parents did when you were five in order to ensure you weren't murdered by violent gangs.

It's amazing to me how many people are actively refusing to use their sense of empathy (even though the vast majority of people have it to some extent) when it comes to undocumented immigrants. You wouldn't have fled to the U.S. to save the lives of your children? Fuck the law, these people were utterly desperate and followed the only halfway decent, logical path available to them. Deporting them is utterly evil.

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