Immigration Activists Mourn Death of Two Outside Denver ICE
On July 5, 2010 more than 50 people showed up at the ICE detention facility (jail) in Aurora, a Denver, Colorado suburb. The group of mostly Anglo U.S. Citizens attended the protest and memorial service for two Mexican nationals who were killed in separate incidents on the US-Mexican border. They were also protesting the broken promises for immigration reform made by the Obama administration.
“When is it going to end?” cried a 20 year old Latina. “Why aren’t more people here?” she asked.
Denver faces problems with education and perception about the proposed immigration reform law called CIR. Section 101 of the law speaks about border security and the need to identify all people in the country. A later path to becoming a permanent resident can be had after a six year wait, payment of a fine and a background check.
The average person in mainstream America does not know what a SB-1070 or CIR are. Some think it is the latest fashionable cologne like Z-28 was in its day. Others think it is a secret code to win the lottery.
Arizona SB 1070 is a law that requires all police officers to detain anyone who appears to be undocumented. Since most who are undocumented in Arizona are Hispanic, that leaves many Hispanic citizens worried about unfair stops. The law is hard on the undocumented worker population, as well, by forcing many of the 400,000 people to up-root from the state of Arizona.
U.S. citizens are not free under SB 1070 either. Transporting an undocumented worker to church or to the doctor could land the citizen in the pokey for transporting.
July 29, 2010 is the day the new law goes into effect. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has promised massive raids to test out the Arizona law. Based upon the tragic treatment of immigrants on the border, more deaths are expected soon.
The next protest at the Denver ICE detention center is planned for the first Monday in August. All who were at the service tonight hoped there would not be another memorial service for a fallen immigrant crossing the border in July. That will mostly depend upon Sheriff Arpaio and his 900 strong army.
The Denver activists say there is plenty of room for anyone who wants to show up in person in Phoenix. They are looking for attorneys to help handle the mass arrests, as well as legal observers who can keep law enforcement and ICE well photographed.