(February 15, 2018, Los Angeles) - Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) condemns the immigration raids that on Valentine's Day separated more than 100 people from their families. These actions are a clear sign of the Trump administration's intentions to retaliate against California for measures it has taken to protect its residents and separate the functions of local police and immigration agents.
The immigration enforcement operations began Sunday and are sweeping across seven counties in Southern California. But a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has blamed "uncooperative jurisdictions" like Los Angeles and other so-called sanctuary cities for making the agency use "additional resources to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at risk and increasing the incidents of collateral arrests."
"They warned us they were going to do this," said Rabbi Jonathan Klein, executive director of CLUE. "It is clear that the federal government is retaliating against our local and state jurisdictions because these entities won't force their local and state police officers to do the dirty work of federal immigration agents. However, vengeance and retaliation make for morally bankrupt public policy. ICE is like the Biblical Amalekites, hurting the most vulnerable."
Remember what the Amalekites did to you along the way when you came out of Egypt. When you were weary and worn out, they met you on your journey and attacked all who were lagging behind; they had no fear of God.
CLUE will join immigrant rights advocates from across the city tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center to protest ICE's latest raids.
As CLUE, we educate, organize, and mobilize the faith community to accompany workers and their families in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice.