The Inhumanity of ICE

Emma Laliberte, Managing Copy Editor

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Due to an outpour of memes, speculation, and all-around confusion, the potential deportation of 21 Savage, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has become somewhat of a joke. However, Abraham-Joseph’s arrest shows a troubling trend that is already far too common in ICE. Though the arrest of someone as well-known and mainstream as Abraham-Joseph helps shine a light on the issue, ICE has already deported millions of immigrants back to their potentially dangerous countries. ICE has shown nothing but cruelty and belligerence to people who are simply trying to escape suffering and persecution. 21 Savage, though not in any danger, proves the point that ICE serves purely as a punitive organization that only has power because of xenophobia and intolerance. According to a statement by Kuck and Baxter on 21’s behalf, “Mr. Abraham-Joseph is clearly not a danger to the community, and in fact, his contributions to local communities and schools that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America.

ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime. As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own. This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States.”

The fact that he is still detained despite all this shows that ICE and US Immigration policy as a whole are not about protecting the United States, but rather about appeasing the xenophobes, racists, and nativists that are all too common in this country.