You probably heard about rapper 21 Savage being arrested by ICE all of the sudden after his visa had been expired for years because he's actually from the U.K. The whole affair was fucked up. The fact that 21 Savage is black, an immigrant, and that just a single week before his arrest he ad-libbed lyrics criticizing Trump's immigration policy during a performance on the Tonight Show, combined with this interview with the man after he was released, paints a terrifying picture of the state of the country.
This is truly frightening. I've been talking with Black immigrants all week who are scared to leave their homes or get into cars for fear of being picked up & disappeared. You know that whole "first they came for..." thing - it is happening right now. https://t.co/SwdrelXR2K— LeslieMac 🖤 (@LeslieMac) February 15, 2019
According to 21 Savage, ICE did not declare him under arrest, but said "we got Savage," suggesting that it was a targeted arrest rather than a random traffic stop. The artist believes that it was targeted.
So a public figure was probably arrested by ICE for criticizing immigration policy. Um.
Here's Fascism Part 2 for today? Absolutely.
At the same time, RAICES is down at the border interviewing incarcerated migrants through a chain-link fence because ICE won't let them in. They keep the lights on at all times, which is a torture technique. Illness is rampant and there is "no doctor."
There's no doctor. No medicine. Sickness spreads. Ana is 10. She is looking after her mom. She can't sleep because the lights stay on.— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) February 14, 2019
She's locked up in a factory with 2,000 other migrants.
We spoke to her through a wired fence because aid groups are not allowed in. pic.twitter.com/XzegX4FQkO
Meanwhile, churches are desperately trying to save immigrants who have lived here for many years and literally done nothing wrong from deportation to dangerous countries where they will have nothing.
ICE is still out here being terrible, but abolish ICE isn't heard from Democrats anymore, is it?
Fuck ICE, fuck Republicans, fuck Democrats, and fuck fascism.