"This is to show our community how an undocumented immigrant should react in front of [ICE], but that’s not always the reality. That’s why it’s extremely important that we educate our communities, and we talk with our friends, families, and neighbors about how to protect themselves. She knew her rights, so she was let go, even though she was an undocumented worker,” said Ambar Pinto of United We Dream (not pictured) at the event. Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
“That’s what usually happens, because our communities are afraid,” explained Pinto at the event. “And the agents are not nice. They treat us inhumanely. So most of our community breaks down, and they start telling their stories … it’s self-incriminating. Then they get arrested, they get detained, and they get deported.” Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
Paula recounted how terrified her family was when that happened. “My nephews were scared. They didn’t know what was going on. They thought they were going to lose their mother,” she said, crying at the memory. Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
“No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!” has become a common chant, echoed at protests and gatherings across Washington, D.C. in the weeks since President Trump’s executive actions targeting immigrant communities.
“Jeanette decided she was going to fight back, to resist, to protect herself and her family,” said Anna Duncan, Campaign Organizer for We Belong Together (at left). “We’re here outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters to demand an end of the attacks on the immigrant communities, to end the anti-immigrant hate coming from the Trump administration, and to demand that they protect and free Jeanette and Daniel and the thousands of other family members and neighbors and community leaders who have been rounded up in the last weeks under the immigration raids and in check-ins across the country.” Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
“Donald Trump’s executive orders have put everyone at risk. Let’s be clear—in Donald Trump’s America, no one is safe," said Aldana. "If there was any remaining doubt that the Trump administration has declared open season on all immigrants, including DACA recipients, look no further that Daniel Ramirez. Donald Trump and Paul Ryan both said that DACA recipients are not targets for enforcement—they lied .... Everyone is a target. Our communities here are being criminalized simply for existing in this country." Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
“This is not the America that most of us searched and risked our lives to come to,” Gebre said. “I’m here to encourage all of us. Even though our communities are being terrorized, separated and torn apart, the rest of us have to be one million percent committed to resist this fascist government .... This country is better than separating 3-year-olds from their moms and dads.” Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
“Mr. President,” Sondobal continued, “We need you to remember that you’re responsible for millions of people. And we’re not going to allow you to make the America that you want ‘great again’ .… We belong together. This is America! This is our America.”
More than 800 people on Saturday came out in Washington, D.C., to an emergency #NoBanNoWallNoRaids rally outside the White House in response to reports of mass arrests of undocumented people by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The rally featured a bilingual demonstration showing what undocumented people in the United States face when stopped by ICE and concluded with a march around the White House grounds.
On Wednesday, February 15, another emergency rally was held at the doors of ICE headquarters in support of undocumented mother Jeanette Vizguerra, who sought sanctuary in a Denver, Colorado, church; and Daniel Ramirez Medina, a father and deferred action recipient detained in Seattle, Washington. Immigrant women and allies from We Belong Together, the American Friends Service Committee, DREAMers Mothers in Action, the New Sanctuary Movement, and United We Dream planned to deliver a letter to the agency demanding a stay of removal.
Rewire was on the ground in D.C. to document the emergency responses from undocumented communities and advocates.