For years now ICE has been rounding up our fellow workers, stealing them from their families, children, and communities, often regardless of their immigration status. In 2009, 380,000 people were detained in 350 facilities, and the roundups continue. Detainees are held for months, even years, in conditions often worse than prisons built for "citizens" (although many who are "legally" in the US end up there anyway). Along the US-Mexico border, defense contractors have built massive walls at the safest crossing points, forcing migrant workers to make perilous desert crossings. Many will not make it alive. Recently, as many of you are aware, Arizona has passed bill SB1070. The bill makes it a crime in the state to not have any sort of identification proving you are a US citizen at any time, making it easier for police to stop and harass anyone, most of all working class people of color.
As some comrades in Arizona wrote:
It is now illegal for any person to be on public or private land (meaning in any location within the state) without carrying verification proving citizenship or legal residency.
Every person must now carry proof of legal residency at all times in Arizona,and may legally be asked by any state employed to present documentation.
It is now illegal for any person to house or transport any person who cannot provide legal documentation within the United States.
It is now illegal for any person who cannot provide legal documentation to look for employment or to be employed in the state of Arizona.
In Modesto, there will be a march starting at 10 AM at Crows Landing Road and Hatch, in South Side. The march is supposed to go to 4pm. In 2006, Modesto was rocked when over 10,000 took over South Side and then the Downtown, in a unpermitted march which included many high school kids who had walked out. Let us begin again, in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Arizona but also here, for ourselves.
For more analysis on what is happening in Arizona, check out the O'odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective, Phoenix Class War Council blog, as well as Survival Solidarity.