Jul 122020
 
 July 12, 2020
UAW 4121

Tomorrow at 9am! Tell ICE: No Student Ban

Take Action! Monday July 13th at 9:00 a.m. PST at the ICE Field Office at 3rd and Spring in downtown Seattle. Tell ICE: #NoStudentBan #NoDeportations. Physical Distancing and Masks Required! 

On Monday, July 13, Academic Workers across the country will gather to protest the directive announced this week by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that could result in the removal of thousands of international students and scholars this Fall quarter. This will be a simultaneous action in multiple cities, timed to take place one day before a hearing in Massachusetts District Court on Tuesday 7/14 over the lawsuit filed by Harvard University to seek a temporary restraining order against the proposed directive.

UAW is participating in the Harvard lawsuit, and is coordinating with both the University of Washington administration and the Washington State Attorney General’s office in the lawsuit that was filed Friday by the WA State Attorney General. While we are cautiously optimistic that these suits could temporarily halt the ICE directive, the fight to block scapegoating of non-US citizens by the Trump administration is ongoing.

If you are able to participate in a (physically distant) direct action:

  • Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the ICE Field Office (the corner of 3rd and Spring in downtown Seattle).
  • Wear a UAW t shirt (we’ll have some on hand)!
  • Bring a banner or sign!
  • RSVP!
  • Masks and physical distancing are mandatory. We will have hand sanitizer and extra masks on hand.
  • This action will take place in public spaces. The entire action will be at this one location, and will run until about 10:30am.

If you are not able to participate in an in-person direct action:

  • Call ICE Field Office at 206-613-6500 starting at 9:00 a.m. PST Monday 7/13. Tell them to rescind their July 6 Directive targeting F1 and M1 visa holders.
  • Join the International Solidarity Work Group by emailing intl-workgroup@uaw4121.org

The UAW Local 4121 International Solidarity Work Group — led by student and Postdoc visa holders — has been mobilizing to stop this dangerous and cruel directive since it was announced. On Friday workgroup members co-moderated a national information session with an immigration attorney that was viewed by thousands (a recording is available if you weren’t able to make it). Also on Friday, a UW international student work group member gave a presentation to Congressional staffers around the country, organized by Rep Pramila Jayapal and others who have authored a Congressional letter protesting the announcement. The workgroup also sent an open letter to the UW President, thanking her for making a strong statement against the directive and also encouraging the creation of a immigrant and international student and scholar-led Task Force, both to center the voices and experiences of people most affected by these announcements and to create stronger communication and support networks.

In Solidarity, 
Douglas Avella-Castro
Leandro Casiraghi
Amanda Clouser
Monica Cortés Viharo
Meg Drouhard
Max Friedfeld
Vern Harner
Dan Hart
Amzi Jeffs
Sam Kastner
Kyle Kubler
Kristin McCowan
Emily Myers
Anzela Niraula
Jacob O’Connor
Elena Pandres
Nayon Park
Marissa Parker
David Parsons
Shua Sanchez
Paige Sechrest
Solmaz Shakerifard
Sam Sumpter
Judy Twedt
Jon Witt