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Jun 15, 2020 10 tweets 5 min read Read on X
In the midst of everything that is happening, many county officials are voting on whether or not to keep their collaboration between ICE & the police through their 287g agreements.

In Tarrant County, Texas that vote is happening tomorrow.
#End287g #ICEoutofTarrant
Texas is a carceral and anti-immigrant state & for far too long, Sheriffs have played a role in enforcing unjust laws that criminalize black and brown people in our communities.

This isn't anything new. It's been happening since the very beginning of our country's history.
Quick History: Law enforcement originated from slave patrols. Their job was to protect the property of business owners and the safety of white people.

THIS HAS NOT CHANGED & today we see officers continue to serve white supremacy, and not the safety of ALL of our communities
For those of you not familiar with 287(g) agreements:

They're basically an agreement between ICE & the police that delegates specific immigration enforcement authority to officers within the local agency (most often a county sheriff that runs a local jail).
287(g) agreements are designed (like the rest of the immigration system) to extend the reach of the Trump Admin's deportation machine. They are designed with racial profiling in mind.

We must unmask the role sheriffs have played in advancing racist agendas in our communities.
Reliance on jails, prison & immigration detention do not address underlying community needs. Resources should instead be invested in healthcare, housing, education & transformative justice.

That's why we say #AbolishICE goes hand in hand with #DefundThePolice
We believe that one of the first steps to abolishing ICE and defunding police department is to vote out any & ALL 287(g) agreements.

That's why we ask you to join us in our call to #UnmaskHate
Take action by:
1) Writing a statement on why you believe we should #End287g and share photo on Social Media with the hashtag #End287g #AltoSheriff #ICEoutOfTarrant

2) Signing ✒️ the petition to #End287g in Tarrant County 👇🏾
3) Call Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court to ask them to end the 287g agreement.

Check out this toolkit for a script & more info: docs.google.com/document/d/1Qc…

4) Join @IceoutofTarrant's Billboard and Puppet Tour by sharing #FindTrumpsPuppet posts on social media
5) If you're in the area please consider joining RAICES and the @IceoutofTarrant coalition at the Tarrant County Commissioners Court next Tuesday June 16th at 9:30am to ask that they get rid of their wasteful and harmful 287g program.

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Jul 21, 2022
Since 2014, RAICES has represented thousands of people, including children inside the Karnes Detention Center. It’s often touted as a “model” facility by the US government.

There is nothing “model” about it. It is a prison, rife with violence and systemic abuse. #immigration
The RAICES Family Detention Services team was able to obtain an unprecedented amount of information about the migration experiences of adult women detained at Karnes.
❌ At least 633 out of approximately 1,900 women detained reported experiencing mistreatment while in custody.
❌ 839 women reported that they were separated from family members.
❌ There has never been a full-time pediatrician at Karnes, nor is there obstetrics care available.
Read 5 tweets
Feb 25, 2022
Our hearts are with the people of #Ukraine and everyone impacted by Russian aggression. War serves only to create death and destruction, and will lead to a humanitarian crisis and the mass displacement of millions of people.
This is not new: we have witnessed how devastating war and conflict can be in places like Haiti and Afghanistan. The US must be ready to respond immediately, and welcome all those who are forced to flee their homes.
Although @POTUS mentioned a vague reference to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine in his speech yesterday, nothing he said was concrete.
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Feb 23, 2022
Last week was the Black Immigrant Advocacy Day of Action! We joined in celebrating the leadership of Black immigrants in the work to expose + eradicate racism in the immigration system. But fighting for Black Immigrants isn't just a one time event. Here's what we can STILL DO: 👇🏽
Donate to the Black Immigrants Bail Fund to eradicate the mass incarceration of Black immigrants. #FreeThemAll #Act4BlackImms blackimmigrantsbailfund.com
Read 7 tweets
Sep 20, 2021
We are absolutely disgusted by the Biden Administration's decision to deport thousands of Haitians one month after the devastating earthquake and storm that resulted in 2,200 deaths and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. 🧵👇🏾
Families who lost everything to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake are now living through flash floods and mudslides. The destruction is large-scale and unprecedented, worsening Haiti’s already unstable political and social infrastructure.
Haiti is one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change – and we can expect climate disasters to continue to devastate the nation in the years to come.
Read 18 tweets
Sep 20, 2021
The Senate parliamentarian just recommended that a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, and Essential Workers should not be included in the budget reconciliation bill. We are disappointed to hear the news, but we know that this fight is far from over. 🧵👇🏾
We have spent decades fighting for a path to legalization for all undocumented immigrants in this country. We are not giving up now. Democrats in Congress can still keep their promise, without compromising on increased enforcement.
We expect them to use all the tools to get this done. They can do the following:

✅Dems can rework the legalization language and resubmit to the Parliamentarian;
✅Vice President Harris can overrule the parliamentarian;
Read 6 tweets
Sep 17, 2021
We are extremely disappointed in the Biden Administration's decision to appeal the federal court ruling that would block #Title42. @POTUS has a moral obligation to stop using T42 to harm families and children seeking asylum.

It is immoral and inhumane.

Here's our statement: Image
We at RAICES have a front row seat to the horrors of Title 42. Our clients are stuck in Mexico. Families fleeing violence are turned away. U.S. and international Asylum law is flouted.
That’s why we joined forces with the @ACLU, @TXCivilRights, @CGRShastings, @Oxfam, @ACLUTx , and @ACLU_DC to fight back. Together we challenged the Title 42 expulsions in federal court.
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