In the last two weeks, we have seen countless stories about babies and children being ripped from the arms of their mothers and fathers so that their parents can be funneled, without due process of law, through criminal prosecutions off of which private prison companies stand to make millions of dollars.
While this escalation of policy is particularly devastating and inhumane, it is part of a larger crisis that has been building in our communities for years. The rampant and brutal enforcement tactics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a lawless federal agency that, since its creation in 2002, has terrorized immigrants and separated families in the communities we live in and represent. As one of our newest federal agencies, ICE spends more time destroying communities than it does keeping communities safe while violating basic civil and human rights. The experiment that is ICE has failed, and must be ended as soon as possible.
As leaders and elected officials, we are committed to ensuring that our communities have the opportunity to thrive – that means everything from keeping our infrastructure up-to-date and creating good jobs to ensure that our kids get a quality education. Above all else, we are responsible for the safety of people in our communities. Our government should encourage civic and community participation and increase the quality of lives of our residents. The presence of ICE in our neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, places of worship, and homes, makes this impossible.
Now, more than ever, our country faces the greatest moral test of our time; we can choose to be complicit in this humanitarian crisis or we can step up and end family separation and mass incarceration. We join hundreds of thousands of Americans in calling on our federal government to immediately reunite all families who have been separated over the past two weeks, and to halt discretionless prosecutions for border crossing.
And we must go farther. We were heartened to hear last week’s announcement that Congressmember Mark Pocan plans to introduce legislation that goes farther, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We applaud this development, and look forward to working with members of congress to bring an end to the fear and suffering that rampant immigration enforcement causes in our communities by defunding and disbanding ICE.
Sincerely,1. Juan Mendez, State Senator (AZ-26)2. Athena Salman, State Representative (AZ-26)3. Rebecca Rios, State House Democratic Leader (AZ-27)4. Senator Martín J. Quezada, State Senator (AZ-29)5. Scott Wiener, State Senator (CA-11)6. Ed Vargas, State Representative (CT-6)7. Joshua Hall, State Representative (CT-7)8. Gary Winfield, State Senator (CT-10)9. David Chiu, State Assemblymember (CA-17)10. Ed Gomes, State Senator (CT-23)11. Josh Elliott, State Representative (CT-88)12. Robyn A Porter, State Representative (CT-94)13. Roland Lemar, State Representative (CT-9614. Joe Bolkcom, State Senator (IA-43)15. Aaron Ortiz, State Representative Elect (IL-1)16. Theresa Mah, State Representative (IL-2)17. Delia C. Ramirez, State Representative (IL-4)18. Daniel Biss, State Senator (IL-9)19. Robyn Gabel, State Representative (IL-18)20. Will Guzzardi, State Representative (IL-39)21. Attica Scott, State Representative (KY-14)22. Attica Scott, State Representative (KY-41)23. Mike Connolly, State Representative (MA-26)24. Andrea Olsen, State Representative (MT-100)25. Susan C. Fisher State Representative (NC-114)26. Amanda Bouldin, State Representative (NH-12)27. Linda M. Lopez, State Senator (NM -11)28. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, State Senator (NM-12)29. Christine Trujillo, State Representative (NM-25)30. Nily Rozic, Assemblywoman (NY-25)31. Edith H. Ajello, State Representative (RI-3)32. Aaron Regunberg, State Representative (RI-4)33. Diana Gonzalez, State Representative (VT-6-7)
34. Mike Carberry, Chairperson Board of Supervisors (Johnson County, IA)35. Janelle Rettig, Supervisor (Johnson County, IA)36. Lisa Green-Douglass, County Supervisor (Johnson County, IA)37. Janelle Rettig, County Supervisor (Johnson County, IA)38. Marion Greene, County Commissioner (Hennepin County, MN)39. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, County Commissioner (Buncombe County, NC)40. Karen Howard, County Commissioner (Chatham County, NC)41. James Crawford, County Commissioner (Chatham County, NC)42. Karen Howard, County Commissioner (Chatham County, NC)43. Brenda Howerton, County Commissioner (Durham County, NC)44. Wendy Jacobs, County Commissioner Chait (Durham County, NC)45. Mark Marcoplos, County Commissioner (Orange County, NC)46. Penny Rich, County Commissioner (Orange County, NC)47. Mark Dorosin, County Commissioner (Orange County, NC)48. Renee A Price, County Commissioner (Orange County, NC)49. Doug Bullock, County Legislator (Albany County, NY)50. Mark Muoio, County Legislator (Monroe County, NY)51. David Stout, Commissioner (El Paso, TX)52. Marcelia Nicholson, County Supervisor (Milwaukee County, WI)
53. Eva Putzova, Councilmember (Flagstaff, AZ)54. Lauren Kuby, City Councilmember (Tempe, AZ)55. Jose Gurrola, Mayor (Arvin, CA)56. Jesse Arreguin, Mayor (Berkeley, CA)57. Thomas Aujero Small, Mayor (Culver City, CA)58. Meghan Sahli-Wells, Vice Mayor (Culver City, CA)59. Daniel Lee, City Council Member (Culver City, CA)60. Alex Fisch, Council Member (Culver City, CA)61. Libby Schaaf, Mayor (Oakland, CA)62. Rebecca Kaplan, City Council Member (Oakland, CA)63. Ada Recinos, Council Member (Richmond, CA)64. Georgette Gómez, Councilmember (San Diego, CA)65. Heidi Harmon, Mayor (San Luis Obispo, CA)66. Jenny Willford, City Council Member (Northglenn, CO)67. Aundré Bumgardner, Town Councilor (Groton, CT)68. Silvana Tabares, Alderman (Chicago, IL)69. Susan Sadlowski Garza, Alderman (Chicago, IL)70. Ricardo Muñoz, Alderman (Chicago, IL)71. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Alderman (Chicago, IL)72. George A Cardenas, Aldermen (Chicago, IL)73. Milly Santiago, Alderman (Chicago, IL)74. Nicholas DeBoer, City Councilor (West Lafayette, IN)75. Kenneth L. McClary, Bloomfield Town Councilman (Bloomfield, CT)76. Rose Reyes, Councilwoman (Willimantic/Windham, CT)77. Wildaliz Bermudez, Court of Common Council (Hartford, CT)78. Charles Allen, Councilmember (Washington, DC)79. Brianne Nadeau, Councilmember (Washington, DC)80. David Grosso, Councilmember (Washington, DC)81. Quinton Zondervan, City Councillor (Cambridge, MA)82. Ben Ewen-Campen, Alderman (Somerville, MA)83. Jefferson Thomas Scott, Alderman (Somerville, MA)84. Will Mbah, Alderman (Somerville, MA)85. Emily Norton, City Councilor (Newton, MA)86. Andreae Downs, City Councilor (Newton, MA)87. Maria Scibelli Greenberg, City Councilor (Newton, MA)88. Zeke Cohen, Councilman (Baltimore, MD)89. Bill Henry, City Councilman (Baltimore, MD)90. Kristerfer Burnett, City Councilmember (Baltimore, MD)91. Erica Spell, Council Member (Hyattsville, MD)92. Willie German, Jr., Commissioner (Muskegon, MI)93. Lisa Bender, City Council President (Minneapolis, MN)94. Steve Fletcher, Council Member (Minneapolis, MN)95. Megan Ellyia Green, Alderwoman (St. Louis, MO)96. Annie Rice, Alderwoman (St. Louis, MO)97. Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Mayor (Jackson, MS)98. Audra Killingsworth, Town Council Member (Apex, NC)99. Damon Seils, Alderman (Carrboro, NC)100. Jacquelyn Gist, Alderman (Carrborro, NC)101. Sammy Slade, Alderman (Carrboro, NC)102. Barbara M. Foushee, Alderwoman (Carrboro, NC)103. Lydia Lavelle, Mayor (Carrboro, NC)104. Bethany Chaney, Alderman (Carrboro, NC)105. Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Alderman (Carrboro, NC)106. Pam Hemminger, Mayor (Chapel Hill, NC)107. Jessica Anderson, Mayor Pro Tem (Chapel Hill, NC)108. Karen Stegman, Town Council Member (Chapel Hill, NC)109. Charlie Reece, City Council Member (Durham, NC)110. Rachel Schaevitz, Council Member (Chapel Hill, NC)111. Michael Parker, Town Council Member (Chapel Hill, NC)112. Jillian Johnson, Mayor Pro Tempore (Durham, NC)113. Javiera Caballero, Council Member (Durham, NC)114. Goldie F. Wells, Councilwoman (Greensboro, NC)115. Tom Stevens, Mayor (Hillsborough, NC)116. Jennifer Weaver, Mayor Pro Tem (Hillsborough, NC)117. Mark Bell, Commissioner (Hillsborough, NC)118. Matt Hughes, Commissioner (HIllsborough, NC)119. Michelle Kennedy, Council Member At-Large (Greensboro, NC)120. John Bonitz, Town Commissioner (Pittsboro, NC)121. Nicole Stewart, Council Member At-Large (Raleigh, NC)122. Louis Di Paolo, Councilman (Dumont, NJ)123. Ducson Nguyen, Alderperson (Ithaca, NY)124. Molly Clifford, City Councilmember (Rochester NY)125. Elaine Spaull, Councilwoman (Rochester, NY)126. Ritchie Torres, Councilmember (New York, NY)127. Carlos Menchaca, Councilmember (New York, NY)128. Brad Lander, Councilmember (New York, NY)129. Dorothy l. Goosby, Senior Councilwoman (Hempstead, NY)130. Ross Whitford, Town Councilman (Eaton, NY)131. John Tyler Armstrong, Town Trustee (East Hampton, NY)132. Carmen Julia Pineyro, Trustee (Freeport, NY)133. Svante Myrick, Mayor (Ithaca, NY)134. John Codman III, Trustee (Ossining, NY)135. Karen Mejia, Council Person (Newburgh, NY)136. Daniel Torres, Town Councilman (New Paltz, NY)137. David Bissember, City Councilmember (Troy, NY)138. Brendel LoganCharles, Deputy Supervisor (Ramapo, NY)139. Joanne Yepsen, Former Mayor (Saratoga Springs, NY)140. Daniel Gordon, City Council Member (Bowling Green, OH)141. John Zanfardino, City Council Member (Bowling Green, OH)142. Nick Komives, City Council Member (Toledo, OH)143. Chloe Eudaly, Commissioner (Portland, OR)144. Helen Gym, City Councilmember At-Large (Philadelphia, PA)145. Jordi Comas, Borough Council Member (Lewisburg, PA)146. Marita Garrett, Mayor (Wilkinsburg, PA)147. Meghan Kallman, City Councilor (Pawtucket, RI)148. Alexsandra Annello, City Representative (El Paso, TX)149. Greg Casar, Council Member (Austin, TX)150. Philip Kingston, City Council Member (Dallas, TX)151. Candice Quarles, City Councilwoman (DeSoto, TX152. Brandon Batham, City Councilor (Barre City, VT)153. Eric Covey, City Councilor (Winoosky, VT)154. Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, City Council Member (Edmonds, WA)155. Verna Seal, City Council Member (Tukwila, WA)156. Nigel Herbig, Deputy Mayor (Kenmore, WA)157. Renata Rollins, Councilmember (Olympia, WA)158. Tammy Bockhorst, Trustee (Shorewood, WI)159. John Tate II, Alderman (Racine, WI)
160. Channel Powe, Elected Governing Board Member Balsz School District (Phoenix, AZ)161. Kelly Kent, Vice President Culver City Unified School District (Culver City, CA)162. Katherine Paspalis, School Board Member (Culver City, CA)163. Richard Barrera, Board Trustee San Diego Unified School District (San Diego, CA)164. Alicia Muñoz, School Board Member, (San Diego, CA) 165. Jefferey P. Hart, Board of Education Member (New London, CT)166. Roberto C. Alcantar, Governing Board Vice President Southwestern Community College District (San Diego, CA)167. Lisa Willner, Jefferson County Public Schools Board Member (Jefferson County, KY)168. Christopher Kolb, Jefferson County Public Schools Board Member (Jefferson County, KY)169. Paula Cole, School Board Member (Richfield, MN)170. Mara Salcido,School Board Member (Lovington, NM)171. Jennifer L. Mecozzi, Board of Education Member (Buffalo, NY)172. James Barrett, Board of Education Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (Chapel Hill, NC)173. Alisa Bowman, School Board Member (East Penn, PA)174. Kevin L. Carter, School Board Director (Pittsburgh, PA)175. Ashley Comans, School Board Director (Wilkinsburg, PA)176. Alexis D. Pipkins, Sr, School Board Member (Florence, SC)177. Igor Tregub, Berkeley Rent Board Commissioner (Berkeley, CA)178. Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Rent Stabilization Board Commissioner (Berkeley, CA)179. Noelia Corzo, Governing Board Trustee (San Mateo-Foster, CA)180. Bevan Dufty, BART Director (San Francisco, CA)181. Todd Brogan, Democratic State Committeeman (Washington, DC)182. Tyrell M. Holcomb, ANC Commissioner (Washington, DC)183. Jon Stewart, ANC Commissioner (Washington, DC)184. Danielle Adams, Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor (Durham, NC)185. Jenna Wadsworth, Vice-Chair Soil & Water Conservation District (Wake County, NC)