ICE Shuts Down Phoenix ICE Office Before Protesters Arrive, Demonstrators Chain Themselves Together at Entrance to Eloy Detention Center

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Ahead of pro-immigrant demonstrators set to march at noon from Phoenix's Margaret T. Hance Park to the Phoenix Field Office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE has closed its facility, which remains the target of a "Shut Down ICE" protest, demanding an end to deportations.

A letter posted to the entrance of the ICE building states that it will be closed from October 11 through October 14 and asks visitors to come back on the 15th or the 16th.

Today is Columbus Day, a federal holiday. When I stopped by this morning, there were no cars in the ICE parking lot, and there seemed to be nothing going on at the facility.

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The letter on the entrance to Phoenix's ICE Field Office . . .

Meanwhile, according to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which is supporting these protests, demonstrators have chained themselves together at an entrance to the Eloy Detention Center in Eloy, Arizona.

The Eloy facility is operated by the private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America and houses ICE detainees. NDLON is livestreaming the protest, as it did with the action on Friday in Tucson.

There, demonstrators blocked two buses filled with migrants headed for a hearing in Operation Streamline, a federal program in which recently detained migrants plead guilty to misdemeanors of illegal entry in groups of 70 or more.

A statement from NDLON announcing today's actions called on President Obama "to stop deportations and the criminalization of immigrants," and said that demonstrators in Eloy are using civil disobedience as a way of "exposing the inhumane imprisonment at the center of current immigration policy and the needless warehousing of the undocumented who could benefit from reform."

NDLON's press release and website note that in March the Eloy facility was the site of two prisoner suicides, and that the prison operates under a "bed mandate" where the federal government essentially must keep the facility stocked with inmates, even as illegal immigration into the U.S. from Mexico slows relative to years past.

The demonstrations Friday and today are part of the NDLON campaign NotOneMoreDeportation.com, which decries the Obama administration's closing in on a record 2 million deportations since President Obama took office. The local human rights group Puente is also part of this campaign.


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38 comments
EnoughIZEnough
EnoughIZEnough

The National Guard should shoot them all.  Why don't these people protest the Mexian and Central American Governments who do not even provide basic human rights to the indigenous people there?  Because you are all cowards thats why.

robert_graham
robert_graham

People just remember that the illegal aliens who are being deported are criminals.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

the phoenix protest has been rescheduled for November 21 to continue protest organizers sucess in shutting down ICE operations.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Another stupid libtard temper tantrum.  Those protesters were like a bunch of crying little babies who just had their candy taken from them. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

The headline seems to be trying to imply that ICE shut down to avoid a confrontation, rather than because today is a federal holiday.

He mentions the holiday in the third paragraph, but by then, most New Times readers have made up their minds and many have stopped reading.

Dnichols
Dnichols

This is "America's Darkest Hour".

The I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs are America's anwer to Hitlers S.S.

Since January 2008:

Over One Hundred Human Beings have died in I.C.E. Custody.

Over Thirteen Thousand Human Beings were Incarcerated for years with out even charges.

Over Five Thousand Legal Citizen Children of Deported Parents are now in U.S. Foster Care.

Over Forty-two Thousand HUman Beings now lay Dead at the I.C.E. Dumping Grounds at the Harsh U.S. Mexco Border where I.C.E. Dumped Hundreds of Thousands of Human Beings into a "Known Drug War" with nothing, not even water to be Killed, or to Die of the Harsh Elements in the Desert.

The Worst Recession since the Great Depression is a Direct result of the Tens of Thousands of abandoned Dwellings , and the loss of Immigrants Hard Labor, which triggered the entire "Foreclosure Crisis". no matter who owned the vacated dwelling.

This is our I.C.E.'d Economy!

I.C.E. "Put the Car in the Ditch". where it still remains!

Obama is responsible in Large Part, and he is a Liar.

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@robert_graham, jaffynalgasputas, d 1 crying like a bitch that just've been bitch slapped is going  2 b U, when 1 of those "illegals" takes ur job at the gas station and then u have 2 pack up ur shit and look 4 another place 2 live, because 1 of them is going to need a place to move in..BWAH BWAH BWAH, THEY TOOK MY JOB AND MY PLACE...BWAH BWAH.. ENJOY NALGAS PUTAS.

DNichols
DNichols

@valleynative;

Wow you now read minds?!!

You are Amazing.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Dnichols  

If you really believe that this is America's darkest hour, you should read a little history.

If you really believe the statistics you're citing, though, maybe there's not much point.


robert_graham
robert_graham

@IdontRecall It is true that those protesters are anarchists.  Have you seen the footage of the protest? They were acting like crying little babies who want their candy back. Have you ever seen the Tea Party act as immature as they did?  Of course you haven't.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs @valleynative  

Two different facilities are mentioned.  The ICE offices in Phoenix are closed for the holiday.  The DRO is in Eloy and is private, and so not subject to federal holidays.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

...and black hrlicopters really do circle your house and peer at you in your bathroom, just like you said.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@DNichols Of course he does,he is the great all knowing OZ.err I mean VN,the most interesting man in the world. He rarely states facts but when he does,ahh never mind he never does.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@DNichols 

Didn't you know? Valley does it all! He's da man... does it all, knows it all, knows he knows it all and yet is not arrogant....

Surprised you forgot that DNichols... although Valley will be sure to remind you of it...

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

What part of what I said do you believe requires that I read minds?
Reading the comment section is sufficient.

DNichols
DNichols

I.C.E. Has ripped Mothers from thier legal Citizen Babies!

Hitler would be very proud of these I.C.E. "Tyrants".

America is Far Better than this!

We can fight Wars for Countries that Hate America, we can certainly treat those Mothers, and Fathers of our own Legal Citizen Children as Human!

I too am a "Valley Native"{ but more than that I am an American that knows True American "Principles, and Values."

The statistic;''s I've cited are Fact, however need to be updated a couple of years!

The numbers  are now higher .

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@Dnichols ,

But even if the stats were true, you'd be wasting your time trying to find sympathy in Arizona.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

what medications are you supposed to be taking, D? you really should stop self.medicating with the meth pipe

DNichols
DNichols

@productsucker:

I have never mentioned "Black" Helicopters at any time.

If you are one of the Perverted Cowards in the Government Drone/Helicopter Spying Programs trashing the U.S. Constitution I can only say to you; I have a front door to my American Home, perhaps find the courage to come to it intead of using your high tech Spying like little Bitches?!!

For the record, the F.A.A. has restricted airspace over Arizona, and most of what is circling above the Phoenix area are Spying Aircrafts, including hundreds of Drones disguised to hide in plain sight like little private propellor ones, larger jet drones colored like Airliners, Souwest, ect, even phony Fed Ex Jets. (The Jet Drones have no windows, but they are loud, and seem real until you zoom in on them with a camera.)

Look up People these Polytecnic Drones are all loaded with Thermal Viewing/Laser Listening and are watching any one they choose right inside the so called "Privacy of our American Homes"

Our Founding Fathers would have lined up every peice of spying trash in these Constitution trashing Programs in front of a Firing Squad.

To: Liberty, and Polytechnics/Thermal Dynamic's.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

I have never posted under any other name...sorry to burst your bubble.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@chronicler @Flyer9753 @DNichols 

Please do! 

Make sure you leave in the part about you finding some random youtube video and claiming it's me. What's my name again, you know, the one you claimed in the past to know... why won't you post it if you do...

C'mon YPS (or whatever you are calling yourself today), tell the story, the entire story. Please! 

Every fake account, every anonymous name, every bullshit post of yours.... just let's me know that the truth I speak scares the hell out of you....

... and makes me post even more of those truths

Hope you had a good weekend! :)

chronicler
chronicler

@Flyer9753 @DNichols Do you guys want to hear the story about how chompers got his nickname? It's a cautionary tale and it illustrates the downside to being boastful. A clever poster called YPS is indirectly involved, yet still an important character in the parable.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

what you said is offensive to those who are in disagreement., snd the ignorant ones resort to name calling.

logicman
logicman

@DNichols - I can answer for valley

Yes.

Yes.

Wrong, they do have rules.

Yes, fair.

You are not doing a very good job of informing anyone.

Yes, lets enforce those laws too.

Yes, ignored.

ok.

Laws enforced are usually what people want.  

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols I.C.E. is a federal agency and they are funded by our government and are commissioned with enforcing immigration laws . And like any other law enforcement agency they don't base their decision on arresting law breakers on whether they have children or not. The illegal aliens and their supporters seem to think that using their children as human shields gains sympathy when in fact it demonstrates just how immoral those people are.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

You're irrational.  Nobody is deported for driving a car with old tags.  They're deported for being here illegally.

I'm not talking about ICE procedures.  I'm talking about the law, which says that if you're here illegally, you can be deported.

Raising issues of other crimes is a juvenile debating technique.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

So you're admitting that your body count numbers are bogus?

DNichols
DNichols

@valleynative:

I think the U.N. should go count the Deported Dead.

What is the True Body Count?!!

Damn good question.

DNichols
DNichols

@ valleynative:

For driving a car with old tags a Mother should be ripped away from her Children and Incarcerated indefinitly?!

Bail posted at TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS?!!

I.C.E. has no rules, they post various Bonds for what ever they think they can EXTORT from these vulnerable Human Beings, and thier Families!

Fair?!!!

You are not very informed and very biased.

How about we enforcing  Child Molesting Laws?!!!

Four Hundred and fitfty cases ignored by Arpaio?!!

I never heard you complain about Bill Montgomery letting his Racist Border Patrolling Date Chris Simcox off the Hook for Molesting his own Daughter and her freinds!!

You just want Laws against Hispanic's enforced like Arpaio don't you?!!

Yeah FAIR.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

What's your source for the body count on the Mexican side of the border?  Who counted the bodies?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DNichols  

If a citizen commits a crime, they're going to be "ripped from their legal Citizen Babies" and put in prison.

That's a chance they knew they were taking, making it entirely their responsibility.   I know that accepting responsibility for the consequences of your choices is out of vogue, but it still makes sense to a lot of us.

They also can choose to take their babies with them.   

This is not really an issue, unless you're really desperate to play to emotions rather than discussing it rationally.   Immigration reform is necessary, but until the law is changed, it should be enforced fairly against all.

 

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