Catholic Workers and Advocates for Social Justice will accompany eight refugees to their mandatory ICE check-ins in Cedar Rapids at 8:30am on Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2.
Iowa City, Iowa – Even as the new presidential administration pledges to investigate and reorganize U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, ICE is still detaining and deporting immigrants by the thousands, often at mandatory interrogations at local Homeland Security Investigations offices.
Iowa City Catholic Workers and Advocates for Social Justice will escort eight refugees to their mandatory check-ins at the Cedar Rapids ICE office, 3351 Square D Drive SW, on Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2. Both days of Catholic Action to Protect Refugee Families will begin at 8:30am and end at approximately 9:30am.
The eight refugees have each requested a protective accompaniment escort to their mandatory ICE check-in this week. Four have check-ins on Tuesday and four more on Wednesday.
The Iowa City Catholic Worker has been a vocal critic of the new administration on border and immigration issues. The intentional faith-based community sponsors refugees over the border and out of immigration detention to rebuild their lives in the U.S.
WHO: Directly impacted immigrants and refugees, Catholic Workers, and Advocates for Social Justice
WHAT: Protective Accompaniment Escorts to mandatory ICE check-in’s
WHERE: Cedar Rapids Homeland Security Investigations office, 3351 Square D Drive SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2; both at 8:30am
WHY: To stop deportations and keep families together