CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES — Protesting against the deportation of Central Americans who have been ruled ineligible for political asylum after illegally crossing the Mexican border, several people blocked Tuesday morning rush-hour traffic on a major Chicago street near an ICE office.
Eleven of the protesters were arrested, according to the Univision evening newscast. In addition, the Spanish-language news service EFE reported that most of those arrested were “indocumentados”.
“Enough of such injustice! We are fighting for all our Central American brothers,” protester Estela Vera told the Univision reporter in Spanish. She had chained herself to a ladder that supported a sign that read: “DISMANTLE ICE. DEFUND THE POLICE!” According to today’s Chicago Tribune, “protesters chanted ‘F— the police’ as they were led to a police van.”
Standing off to the side was Maria Mejia, of an unidentified Central American country, who said she and her two children are now in a deportation proceeding. “The truth is we don’t want to leave because we feel good in this country,” she said.