Puente Protesters Arrested During Hunger Strike Outside Phoenix ICE Office

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Police response to Puente's camp outside the Phoenix ICE office last night.


Three protesters with the local human-rights group Puente were arrested last night outside the Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A handful of people with family members in immigration detention facilities have been on hunger strike for more than nine days now, and others have been camping outside the ICE office with them in a display of solidarity.

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-People with Family in Immigration Lockup Go on Hunger Strike Outside ICE

Yesterday afternoon, Puente was streaming live video online of a visit to the encampment on Central Avenue from several Phoenix police officers, who explained to the protesters that part of their camp was on private property, and also warned them about possible misdemeanor charges for camping on a sidewalk or obstructing a public right-of-way.



Puente reports that 30 police officers returned around 11 p.m. to "evict" the camp.

Video shot by someone in the group starts after police had already arrested two supporters, Carlos Garcia and Erika Andiola.



Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times there were actually three people arrested last night, on charges of criminal trespassing.

According to Puente, the hunger-strikers have returned to ICE this morning. They still have about six days left in their planned two-week hunger strike. Organizers report that their family members in immigration lockup in Eloy have been on hunger-strike as well. A couple of the hunger-strikers say their loved ones have been held for months, while one woman on hunger strike says her son has been in there for more than two years.

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15 comments
notacosforyou
notacosforyou

I see no problem with this. they can not eat in jail just as easily as not eating outside of the ICE office. the hunger strike for illegal mexicans will continue.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Good, arrest them all. And I 'm going to call ICE and thank them. What a bunch of fucking crybabies they are.  Just like always, they stomp their feet when they can't get their way. They say WAH, WAH, WAH!

DNichols
DNichols

I appluad Puente, and the brave group of Human Beings involved in this futile attempt to find "Human Kindness" in the Hitler esque I.C.E. Incarceration, Deportation, Ethnic Cleansing Machine.

To the Mother hospitalized after eight days of fasting, at least your Son that has been incarcerated by I.C.E. for three years knows you care about his exsistance unlike the callus I.C.E. Tyrants.

Since I.C.E. Began in January 2008 Humans have been Persecuted, and America has been overwhelmed with new found Racism, and Hate.

January 2008 was also the exact same starting date as the "Great Recession" which was a Direct result of Deportations, and abandoned homes.

To: Good, and Brotherhood, from Sea to shining Sea?!

JustSayin
JustSayin

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Seems pretty clear to me...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham  why would you thank ICE?? they didnt arrest them, and they werent illegals. but thank you  for making that post...............it shows just what a twit you really are

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@DNichols According to an I.C.E. rep the 6 criminals sitting in detention are not on a hunger strike 4 of them are felons and 2 of them have been deported numerous times

robert_graham
robert_graham

@DNichols Applaud them for what???  They are a bunch of morons who stomp their feet and whine like babies when they can't get their way. They wasted their time because there will be many more deportations.  In fact, ICE is revving up their busses right now for deportations tomorrow.

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@JustSayin Do you own property ? if so and a few demonstrator's decide to pitch camp and make demands of the government you have the right to have them removed if you want also blocking the right of way on a sidewalk is dangerous it means pedestrians  have to jump off the walkway and be in the street that could be dangerous yah think.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy   ICE, Phoenix PD, MCSO... makes no difference as long as arrests were made. How many American families separated by arrest were these protesters concerned about? None!  Because they only care about their people, why should we be concerned about theirs?

JustSayin
JustSayin

So you mean to say that all that pedestrian traffic at 11pm trumps the Constitution?  I think I'm going to disagree with that...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham you dont pay attention do you? its their family members. you are the one always telling people you hope they "catch" cancer or that their families "catch" cancer (have you figured out you dont "catch" cancer yet twit??), which means you dont care about others besides yourself either. if you want them to be concerned for other peoples families, you should set the example by being concerned for others also. i am concerned for others, and so are many of the other posters on here, you are the one who wishes ill on everyone. these people were at least willing to sacrifice in order to try to help others, what have you done? (by the way........you are digging yourself deeper into the looking like a twit thing)

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@JustSayin its my guess the owner's of the property realized there could be some liability issues if one of those demonstrators got hurt same as anyone else who experience this type of acting out. I think it would be more effective if the demonstrators went back onto I.C.E . property and chained themselves to the buses this way if there was any accidents the feds would be responsible

JustSayin
JustSayin

>> 24 hrs a day for the last 8 days

And this is relevant how?

john043012
john043012 topcommenter

@JustSayin I am under the impression that camp site has been there 24 hrs a day for the last 8 days ,by the way did you happen to notice the metro rail train cruise by during the filming above ? Your take on the constitution is interesting

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