Last night, I read about the mass detainments and deportations going on in Southern States of Hispanic people. My partner pointed out we should all be worried, because we don’t know where those people are being taken away in the night to, and even if our government had the best of intentions, which I don’t think many of us think at this point, it could easily turn into a Concentration Camp situation, with more and more people coming in, no food, water, or hygiene.
I don’t know about you, but I have always said if it ever reached people being taken away in the night, I wouldn’t be able to stop from doing something. I didn’t sleep much all last night. I had a dream where I got people to send FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Requests with me to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the branch of the Department of Homeland Security that’s in charge of rounding people up in the night. Together, we bombarded them again and again to demand to know where these people were, so we could help them. Some people wanted to send Congress and lawyers to get humane conditions and some people wanted to go bust them out, but either way, together we at least found out where they were at. We were able to have eyes on them, to prevent a Concentration Camp, to hold the government employees who worked there accountable. Because we held ourselves accountable.
So, join me, and send a FOIA Request to ICE. Help find out what has become of our brothers and sisters:
Describe the type(s) of document(s) you are requesting:
Hello, I am requesting any documentation you have on the names and locations of the individuals detained in connection with the Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.
To clarify, I would like all documentation available about any persons arrested, detained, imprisoned, deported, etc by authority or instruction given by powers of these Executive Orders of by authority derived from these Executive Orders, including but not limited to, those persons names, officers involved, force used, age, nationality, if they were able to contact a lawyer, if it is know if they have any medical needs, where they currently are located, etc. All possible information.
Feel free to add your own ideas to it. Hold ICE accountable, ask them questions, make sure they can’t wiggle out.
Let’s find them.