Immigration activists around the country took part in demonstrations to curtail activities against undocumented immigrants today, and a group LGBTQ activists in Virginia were at the front lines.
Members of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) stood at the gates of an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Facility in Fairfax County this morning. About 60 activists in total were on the scene to fight for what they called a great injustice.
“The House might have closed for the year but ICE will be deporting families on Christmas unless we stop it,” explained protester Rosa Lozano of DC. “Blaming Republicans can’t stop the suffering in immigrant communities. But the President can. With the stroke of a pen he could end his deportation quota and expand relief like he did for dreamers,” SONG Co-Director, Caitlin Breedlove said in an e-mail this morning. There are more than 267,000 undocumented LGBTQ immigrants in this country–so there are no separate issues when we are talking about REAL people with real lives and very real needs for relief from persecution by ICE.”
Activists spoke in Spanish and English and chained themselves together at the entrance to the building. Nine people were arrested in connection with the demonstration. Below are some photos from today’s event: