Only a few days ago, I reported on the massive ICE raid on the local bakery, The French Gourmet, and they did it again. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entered UCSD student housing to search an apartment without first notifying the university. What a surprise!
This behavior underscores a trend in the accelerating number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on workplaces, homes and schools nationwide—unnecessarily rough treatment of detainees that makes not only the threat of deportation, but detention itself a source of fear and anxiety.
Last Thursday morning, ICE agents entered the off-campus graduate housing unit of student Jorge Narvaez, 21, a legal U.S. resident. Earlier that morning, agents had carried out a criminal search warrant at the French Gourmet, a Pacific Beach bakery and bistro, and were proceeding on to suspected illegal workers’ homes. “They asked me what’s my legal status,” he said. “I had nothing to hide, so I let them in my home. I went outside and they went through all my stuff.”
The government is saying the agents made a mistake when they entered UCSD student housing to search an apartment without first notifying the university. I feel that they just have too much power and they like to show that. It is time for ICE agents to stop coercing the immigrants into waiving their right to appeal deportation orders. Stop scaring people about not only getting raided, but about detention and deportation. Stop using terror tactics in the community.