Jul 09, 2019
Hundreds of Jewish activists and allies took to the streets in Chicago and surrounded a local ICE office on Monday to demand the closure of President Donald Trump's detention camps, where immigrants have been forced to endure inhumane conditions and abuse from Border Patrol guards.
"Never again means close the camps!" demonstrators chanted as they marched down the streets of Chicago.
Rallying outside the Chicago ICE building, protestors hoisted signs that read "There is blood on your hands" and began singing and praying:
Demonstrators also shut down the entrances of the Chicago Federal Building, condemning Illinois Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth for voting for legislation that handed the Trump administration $4.6 billion in border funding without any safeguards for immigrant children.
"We have a simple demand: no more money for roundups, close the camps, shut down ICE," tweeted the grassroots Jewish advocacy group Never Again Action, which organized the demonstrations.
\u201c@SenatorDurbin @SenDuckworth 45 Jews are spread around Chicago's Federal building and blocking the doors to demand that @SenatorDurbin and @SenDuckworth take a stand against racist and violent immigration polices #NeverAgainIsNow #ShutDownICE\u201d— \u2721\ufe0f Never Again Action \u2721\ufe0f (@\u2721\ufe0f Never Again Action \u2721\ufe0f) 1562624792
\u201c@SenatorDurbin @SenDuckworth LIVE: Police are moving in as #JewsAgainstICE\nand allies have blocked all entrances to the Chicago Federal Building. \n\nWe\u2019re here to tell @SenDuckworth\nand @SenatorDurbin that we will not allow them to keep funding concentration camps! #ShutDownICE\n\nWATCH: https://t.co/z3H2NdhJwR\u201d— \u2721\ufe0f Never Again Action \u2721\ufe0f (@\u2721\ufe0f Never Again Action \u2721\ufe0f) 1562624792
\u201cShutting down the streets of Chicago with prayer, chants, and song #NeverAgainMeansCloseTheCamps \u2721\ufe0f#NeverAgainForAnyone \u2721\ufe0f#NeverAgainIsNow \u2721\ufe0f\u201d— \u2721\ufe0f Never Again Action \u2721\ufe0f (@\u2721\ufe0f Never Again Action \u2721\ufe0f) 1562624792
The action on Monday was part of a growing nationwide campaign by progressive Jewish activists to condemn the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies and detention centers, which have been described as concentration camps by lawmakers and scholars.
As Common Dreamsreported last week, more than 30 Jewish activists were arrested for blocking the road to a migrant detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
"We have a responsibility as a people whose history included these kinds of atrocities to identify the signs and prevent them from happening," Alyssa Rubin, a 25-year-old Jewish activist from Boston and one of the lead organizers of Never Again Action, toldHuffPost. "If you've ever said, 'Never again,' or if you've ever wondered what you would have done if you were alive during the Holocaust, this is the time."
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