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To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon

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/ Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, founder of space venture Blue Origin and owner of The Washington Post, participates in an event hosted by the Air Force Association on September 19, 2018, in National Harbor, Maryland. Alex Wong / Getty Images

  • More than a decade has passed since the giant immigration rights protests of May Day, 2006, and activists now face the most toxic political climate yet faced by our generation. We need coordinated strategies that target the technologies created by companies like Microsoft and Amazon that are supporting Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) targeted attacks against our community.
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

Jacinta Gonzalez, Truthout


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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/ICE%20is%20creating%20a%20police%20surveillance%20state%20sidebar.jpgWednesday, May 1, 2019 | Over 10 years ago today, we saw a historic turning point in Latinx politics, especially for Latinx immigrants who bravely stood together to build political power for our shared future.

Culminating on May Day 2006, millions of people marched in protests in more than 140 cities in 39 states across the country in response to the “Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act” — a draconian piece of legislation passed in 2005 by the House of Representatives, but not by the Senate, that sought to raise penalties for unauthorized immigration and classified undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or remain in the U.S. as felons. The introduction of this anti-immigrant legislation resulted in a wave of Latinx voters at the polls and the beginning of the “undocumented, unafraid” movement.

Jacinta Gonzalez is a senior campaign organizer at Mijente and an expert in organizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization of Latinx and immigrant communities.

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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it. Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

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Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”
 

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