Washtenaw County Democratic Party Statement on Immigration Raids in County

Posted Feb, 23, 2017

Contact: Chris Savage 734-358-9276
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Washtenaw County Democratic Party Statement on Immigration Raids in County

Washtenaw County, Michigan – Members of the Executive Board of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) have learned that U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials have arrested as many as 16 Washtenaw County residents in the past 24 hours as part of aggressive anti-immigrant actions being taken by the administration of President Donald Trump. The Executive Board condemns these actions and stands in solidarity with the local immigrant community.

“Our country is founded on the idea that immigrants are not only welcomed here, they make us a stronger and more vibrant country,” said Chris Savage, Chair of the WCDP. “These actions taken by ICE officials are designed to terrorize the immigrant community and serve only to tear apart families looking for a better life in America. The WCDP stands by them during this terrible time and we will provide whatever resources we have at our disposal to resist these ‘military state’-type actions.”

People wishing to assist are encouraged to visit the Facebook page of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigration Rights (WICIR) at https://www.facebook.com/WICIR for updates as events unfold. If you see any sort of actions of this nature by immigration officials, contact WICIR’s urgent response line at 734-355-2707 immediately with details on the location, the time, and the specifics of what you observed.