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Contact: Ryan Bates, 248-787-6767, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Community Leaders Demand Strong Action to Prevent Future Abuses by ICE Agents
Detroit – Community leaders applaud Immigration and Customs Enforcement for acknowledging Detroit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents went outside policy protocol after stalking students outside an elementary school last Thursday, March 31 but demand stronger action from Director Rebecca Adducci.
The following is a statement from Ryan Bates, director of the Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform – Michigan:
“We are pleased that ICE headquarters appears to admit there was a problem with the way Detroit agents conducted themselves, but we are a long way from achieving real accountability for what happened at Hope of Detroit Academy that day, the illegal search of Rogelio Perez’s home, and the way his pregnant wife was treated while in detention.
“On April 6, Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform – Michigan, State Representative Rashida Tlaib, and State Representative Harvey Santana sent a letter to Detroit ICE’s Director, Rebecca Adducci, with the following demands. We have yet to receive a response.
1) Pursuant to ICE’s own guidelines, “Field Guidance on Enforcement Actions or Investigative Activities At or Near Sensitive Locations,” we demand to know who authorized enforcement actions at schools, if anyone, and why.
2) We demand that ICE immediately respect their own policy, and end all enforcement activities near schools, churches, mosques, community centers and health clinics, and ends warrant-less searches and raids of homes.
3) We demand that the officers involved in Thursday’s incident here at Hope Elementary School be identified and disciplined.
4) We demand that officers involved in the warrant—less search of Maria and Rogelio Perez’s home be identified and disciplined.
5) We demand that Rebecca Adducci submit a “Civil Rights Plan” to the community that specifically addresses how problems like this will be prevented from occurring in the future.
“The recent incidents are just the latest examples in a pattern of abusive treatment and illegal behavior by Detroit ICE agents. ICE Director John Morton and Detroit Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci must address our concerns and punish those who violated agency policy and the law while acting on behalf of the federal government.
“The incidents in Detroit are a stain on our democracy, and created great fear in our community. Abusive tactics by law enforcement must not be swept under the rug. Enforcement of federal immigration laws must be done with professionalism, accountability, and respect for human and civil rights. The agents who authorized and carried out these actions must be held responsible for their actions.
At a press conference held last week, community leaders gathered outside of Hope of Detroit Academy to demand that Detroit (ICE) Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci hold agents accountable for stalking parents as they dropped their children off at the school on March 31. After ICE surrounded the school, parents were afraid to leave and the elementary school students were thrown into a panic. Leaders also condemned an illegal, warrantless search conducted at a Detroit home earlier in March. That search resulted in the detention and deportation of a pregnant woman, who was also denied access to her medication by ICE.