Together with simultaneous actions across the country, UAW academic workers will protest the ICE directive to remove thousands of international students and scholars from campuses this fall.

Tomorrow morning at 9am academic workers across the country will 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. The Seattle action will be held at ICE headquarters downtown at 1000 Second Ave, Ste 2900, Seattle 98104, and press is welcome to attend.

The protests are timed to take place one day before a hearing in Massachusetts District Court over the lawsuit filed by Harvard University which seeks a temporary restraining order against the proposed directive. The protests will be socially distanced, and hand sanitizer and masks will be available.

  • WHO: UAW academic workers, allies and community leaders.
  • WHAT: Protest against the xenophobic ICE directive that unfairly scapegoats international students and workers, forcing them to leave the country if their university holds all classes online.
  • WHEN: 9am tomorrow morning, Monday July 13
  • WHERE: ICE headquarters,1000 Second Ave, Ste 2900, Seattle 98104
  • WHY: To protest the Trump administration’s xenophobic directive and highlight the legal effort to protect affected workers.

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 a group member gave a presentation to Congressional staffers around the country, organized by Congresswoman 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.

For more information, visit us online at UAW4121.org.