WASHINGTON, D.C – The following statement is from Melissa Crow, senior supervising attorney with SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project, following DHS’s activation of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in response to protests across the country.
“The deployment of CBP and ICE agents does not make anyone safer. This move only adds fuel to the fire by emboldening federal immigration agents who already terrorize Black and brown immigrant families and communities.
“This unchecked show of force sows more fear, anguish, and confusion in an already volatile situation. Instead of exploiting this moment of unrest to terrorize immigrants, federal law enforcement should stand down and stop their intimidation tactics and escalation of force against peaceful protesters.”