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DC Immigration Activists Wait for ICE at 7-Eleven

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A bilingual poster with the number of a hotline and advice to help protect immigrants from ICE. Photo: Rhys.
A bilingual poster with the number of a hotline and advice to help protect immigrants from ICE. Photo: Rhys.

Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) warned management at a 7-Eleven in NW Washington D.C. yesterday that they would be returning to check on the papers of their employees today.

Day laborers commonly wait for work outside of this particular store.

The warning came on the same day that ICE raided 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 States and the Capital. Twenty-one people were detained under suspicion of being undocumented.

Arturo Griffiths will be on the sidewalk in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood until ICE come today. He is the Executive Director of Trabajadores Unidos (Workers United) de Washington DC. He brought a stack of posters with the number for an immigration support hotline and instructions for handling a raid in English and Spanish.   

 Arturo Griffith (Right) with volunteer Luis (Left). Photo: Rhys.
Arturo Griffith (Right) with volunteer Luis (Left). Photo: Rhys.

Griffith has lived in Mt. Pleasant for almost 40 years. He is a naturalized American citizen, born in Panama.

“We don’t want nobody to get mistreated here and we’re concerned because these are basically workers who are looking for work, and they stand in this corner to live their life,” said Griffith referring to the people outside the store. There were a dozen men waiting for work and socializing. There was also one woman who might’ve been waiting for work and another woman selling Latino food and drink from an orange cooler.

Check out TUWDC.org for more information on Griffiths’ work.

 

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Rhys Baker

Rhys is a Washington D.C. reporter. He is mad as hell that humanity is not responding to climate change, or racial and gender injustices in a meaningful way. He reports from the capital because he wants to bring attention to the people, organizations, and movements who are overturning historical oppressions one action, march, rally or campaign at a time.

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