Photo: Community Again Outraged by Immigration Agents Targeting Families Outside Detroit Schools
As a community member I am outraged, and as a mother, I am heartbroken.
Those were the words of State Representative Rashida Tlaib after parents called for her to do something about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents targeting parents outside Detroit schools in Michigan.
Earlier this week, two immigrant families were approached by agents as they dropped off their children at Cesar Chavez Academy in Southwest Detroit. A family outside the Manuel Reyes Vistas Nuevas Head Start Center was similarly stopped.
Outside Chavez Academy, Hector Orozco was arrested as he dropped his son off and remains in ICE custody. Outside the Head Start Center, a family was told they were going to be detained once they stepped back outside after dropping students off. According to America’s Voice, once inside the elementary school, the frightened family remained their until advocates arrived and intervened.
On Tuesday, community leaders like Rep. Tlaib rallied outside the Head Start Center to stand up for the families being hassled by ICE agents.
“ICE has once again violated their policies, and stopped parents dropping their kids off for school,” Rep. Tlaib said. “The leadership of Detroit ICE is either unwilling or unable to control their agents, so that’s why we’re calling for the immediate resignation of Detroit ICE Enforcement Director Rebecca Adducci. We need immediate accountability for this out-of-control department.”
Michigan activists have reportedly met with John Morton, Director of ICE, who said he would review the cases and respond at a later date.