member of the Democratic National Committee whose union represents
the workers at a meatpacking plant in Salem, Ohio complained during
a meeting in Chicago this week that the Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agency had showed up unannounced and took almost 150
people into custody.
day, the workers went to work, processing bacon as they do every day
and ICE showed up with semiautomatic weapons, with guns pointed at
people's faces, with a helicopter hovering overhead and 146 people
were detained," the DNC member
of them, he explained, were detained "for the crime of not bringing
their papers to work that day."
facility, called Fresh Mark, has long been on ICE's target list because they
had been investigating whether employers knowingly hired illegal
immigrants. Most of the individuals arrested were from Guatemala.
Sister Rene Weeks, the director of Hispanic ministries at St. Paul
Catholic Church, called the raid a "shock."
of them are here legally, but they were taken yesterday because they
didn’t have their documentation with them at the time,” Weeks said.
is not what I want to see," he said. "That is not what I want to see
America be like. Families were separated, children were left alone,
and ICE was so proud of what they did that they posted on their own
website video of their agents loading their weapons before they went
into the plant," the member said. "So this is a resolution I support
leaders all across the country have said more of the same. The
mayors have been particularly resistant to the Trump
administration's aggressive illegal immigration crackdown. Mayor
Rahm Emanuel has defended Chicago's
sanctuary city status. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio instructed schools
to turn up their noses if ICE shows up at their doors. The leader of
the "Resist" movement, though, has to be Oakland, California Mayor
Libby Schaaf, who warned illegal
immigrants in her community that ICE was conducting a raid. Her
warning allowed hundreds to flee.
Democrats are acting on their anti-ICE bias by introducing legislation to
abolish the agency.