In response to reports of at least two local ICE raids Wednesday morning, Doña Ana County residents rallied at the Federal Courthouse in Las Cruces. Immigration community advocates reported that persons arrested in the raid included at least one person who had no criminal record, contradicting the Trump administration’s ICE reports that they are only focussing on arresting previously convicted felons.
Word of the ICE actions spread quickly through the tightly connected progressive community via texts and social media.
After a brief rally the Federal Courthouse, participants – including ProgressNowNM’s local manager Lucas Herndon – marched to the city’s busiest intersection at the height of rush hour and shut it down with protests in the streets and supporters chanting on the sidewalks.
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ProgressNow’s Lucas Herndon provided video of the protest as police arrived.
- (Begin: local activists, including CAFÉ’s Sarah Silva, explain the Las Cruces ICE raids)
- (jump to 23:00 to see protestors shut down local traffic)
Protesters reported that Las Cruces Police officers acted professionally, focussing on traffic control and allowed the protesters to remain for almost an hour. One participant, however, was struck by a vehicle attempting to cross the protest line.
Numerous media outlets picked up on the protests via social media and began sharing news of the first New Mexico deportation actions under President Trump.
Earlier this week, Trump’s acting-ICE director cancelled a meeting with Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, also the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, after she appeared on several national news outlets criticizing the ICE actions.
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