Sunday, June 20, 2021
Immigrant activists have allegedly been subject to retaliatory removal actions because of their political activities. Lawful permanent resident and immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir has claimed that the U.S. government's efforts to remove him from the country are a response to his political actions. The Trump administration allegedly went after Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients who were active politically.
Jose Olivares and John Washington for The Intercept now report that
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement monitored immigrant advocacy organizations engaged in First Amendment-protected activity around a highly contentious immigration detention center in Georgia . . . . The public records show that ICE kept track of the groups’ nonviolent protests and social media posts, at one point suggesting that the agency might retaliate by barring visitations by one organization."
The article quotes NYU law professor Alina Das, who has studied the U.S. government's focus on activist immigrants.
Olivares and Washington elaborate:
"ICE monitoring of and use of scare tactics and retaliation against advocates is not new. As previously reported by The Intercept, New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic documented more than 1,000 incidents of alleged retaliation against immigrant rights groups, individual activists, and journalists. Most of the incidents occurred from 2016 to 2020, but some go back as far as 2012, while others have been documented in recent months."