Video has surfaced of an encounter last year between Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents and protesters who disagree with the mission of the agency. People in Oakland, CA were awoken by ICE agents raiding a neighborhood house in the early morning. Thinking illegal aliens were being targeted, the neighbors flooded to the house to shame the agents. ICE did not give them any information about the raid and are not required to do so.
“It’s been really tough because we have no idea what’s going on in there, and we know that there’s a lot of injustices that have been happening,” said Hadar Cohen, who held a sign saying, “No person is illegal.”
“We care for our neighbors, and we’re for immigration rights.”
The only problem? The raid had nothing to do with illegal immigration enforcement. The agents were executing a federal search warrant in an ongoing criminal investigation into a juvenile sex trafficking ring.
“ICE is not welcome in this country. HS is not welcome,” said a neighbor, Adley Penner. “I don’t support what they do. I think it is a blasphemy.”
Protesters wrote, “We love our neighbors” and “OPD [Oakland Police Department] is a disgrace” in chalk on the ground.
“People are smuggled and trafficked, while children are sexually exploited at home and abroad,” ICE’s website reads. “Most ICE offices and programs have a role in preventing terrorism. Several are on the front lines of this effort, either identifying dangerous persons before they enter the U.S. or finding them as they violate immigration or customs laws. ICE also works to prevent the illegal export of U.S. technology that could be used or repurposed to do harm.”