Phoenix ICE Building Turns Into Party Zone for Protesters

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They came, they saw, they protested, they partied.

I'm talking about the local pro-immigrant activists who have been promising for at least a few weeks now to "shut down" the Phoenix Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday, October 14.

Though Monday was Columbus Day, a federal holiday, the ICE building on Central Avenue just north of McDowell Road is a detention facility, and as such, never closes completely, according to one former ICE agent I know.

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A massive puppet, with arms outstretched, blocks the ICE building...

(Note: The local spokeswoman for ICE has been furloughed due to the government shutdown. No other spokesperson for ICE could be reached Monday.)

Certainly, the ICE building appeared vacant. Its entrance bore a letter informing the public that the office would be closed from October 11 to October 14, and reopen for business Tuesday, October 15.

Check out NotOneMoreDeportation.com for more info on the campaign of the same name by NDLON and Puente.

As a result, the 300 or so demonstrators from organizations such as the Phoenix human rights group Puente and the California-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network, declared victory following a short afternoon march from Margaret T. Hance Park further south on Central.

To celebrate, they held an impromptu fiesta in front of the ICE structure, with a DJ, dancing, and food.

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The entrance to the Phoenix field office of ICE, papered over with activists' posters...

Banners and signs decrying President Obama's deportation policies hung from ICE's gates. A giant female puppet, her arms outstretched, seemed to symbolically halt ICE in its tracks.

There was a significant police presence. And a handful of hillbilly haters from the roughneck anti-immigrant group Remember 1986 held a counter-demonstration across the street.

Nevertheless, the mood remained celebratory and festive.

"No one's going to be deported from this building today," Puente organizer Carlos Garcia told me. "Even on Christmas, New Year's, any of the federal holidays, people are still processed through this building and deported. So for today at least, we stopped deportations in the city of Phoenix."

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Demonstrators dance at Monday's anti-ICE protest...

Garcia was arrested Friday in Tucson during an action wherein some 20 people stopped two buses of migrants and blocked an entrance to the federal courthouse, briefly halting Operation Streamline, a controversial federal program that prosecutes scores of migrants at a time during mass trials in Tucson and other Southwestern cities.


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robert_graham
robert_graham

Somebody please tell me why the deportation of CRIMINALS should stop?

James Rate-McIntyre
James Rate-McIntyre

Wait, they marched on a building that was supposed to be running on a skeleton crew, and when they got there they noticed it was closed, "declared victory" and claimed to have shut it down? That's like me showing up to a chic-fil-a on a Sunday and bragging about forcing them to close.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

To stop ICE is to stop obama, are these people racist against our black president and our new black run federal government? Assholes.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Your party is about to come to a screeching halt.  I'd advise everybody go home or face federal arrest.  The deportations will not stop but if you want to keep instigating things ICE will show you a thing or two and step up the process with more deportations quickly.  Who you gonna complain to?  Enough of your libtard temper tantrums because you are wasting your time.

DNichols
DNichols

The "Great Recession " began at the exact same time as the Hitler Esque I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs?

The Hard Labor Immigrants used to gladly do for America was the very FOUNDATION of our then Strong Economy, and this Hard Labor actually supported all other American Jobs!

The twenty-two year period prior to the start of I.C.E. was in fact "The Most Prosperous Period in Total U.S. History."

Every Bail Out, Stimulus, Cash for Clunkers, Mortgage Help Program, ect. by two Presidents thus far has been a direct result of the Deportation Damage to America, and has only been "Treating the Symtoms.

Want the U.S. Economy to get better?!

Stop I.C.E. stop ripping Mothers from thier Babies!

America is Far Better than This!

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

To: good.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

They bused people in to shut down a place that was closed .Those people wont be partying or for that matter blocking federal business much longer. They may think their side is going to force I.C.E to stop but that isn't going to happen. The ones who are getting arrested now have a felony attached to their names which will stay on their background records for life and its not something employers like to see. Hispanics along with their illegal brethren are making fools of themselves the majority of our citizens have no stomach for rewarding a group for immoral behavior

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham 

Their time to waste and not your place to tell them or anyone else how to spend their time, especially since you have a subpoena to fill out Robert, the one you said you were going to have me served with for saying that in my opinion you are a hypocritical homophobe who likes little boys according to all the web sites you are registered... 

C'mon Robert, where is my subpoena?? I want to see what one written in crayon looks like!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, these people are entitled to exercise their 1st Amendment right to free speech.

Who ya gonna complain to Robert?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols that's right all the top economists in our country agree with you,  stop ripping babies from their mothers that's the whole reason wall street collapsed and the job market shrank .Yep they all agree it was the deportation of the illegal immigrants that cause all our financial problems. just think how it could have been if the 2 million illegals where here and working our economy would be thriving unemployment would be below 1% but no I.C.E had to ruin it never mind that during the deportations legal immigration increased bringing in highly educated people who got good paying jobs and are paying taxes.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@john043012 Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested approximately 30 times. Gandhi was arrested several times in South Africa and India and spent several years altogether in various jails and prisons. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison.

Garcia, Castro are in good company, I'd say.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Flyer9753 @robert_graham Ask your mother.  You fucked up big time by returning my hangup call using your "burner' cell phone... asshole!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@TheyCallMeMrTibbs,

""There's come a point where immigration reform is likely not going to happen," Garcia explained. "So the conference was about, what do we do now? What are the alternatives to comprehensive immigration reform? How do we change local policies? How do we change federal and administrative policies to stop deportations?"

The best hope we have for becoming an inclusive people are the young people who see the hate for what it is, born in ignorance and fear.

The bigots are getting old and they are becoming fewer and fewer in numbers ......Although it doesn't seem so at the present time in Arizona.

Hopefully, in another 10-15 years, Arizona will be a whole different place.

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

@robert_graham somebody needs their meds and not the gummy vitamins you keep for the "children" in your life, you know, the serious anti psychotics you are undoubtedly prescribed.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  hahahahahaha so you think someone would actually go through the time and expense to get a "burner" phone just to call you once?  wow are you delusional.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham 

So you served my mother??? Did you bring a shovel to do it? Oh wait, you like them cold and unable to run away so you probably already had the shovel with you...

Hangup call? Burner phone? ROFL!!! You have been watching too many cop shows you wannabe... 

so.. I used a cell phone to return your prank call (that I never got in the first place)... all cell phones in the country are location tracked Robert... so where did I call you from? Where is my subpoena you pedophile?

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