Protesters Find Divestment as a New Way to Abolish ICE

Abolish ICE

Protestors supporting open borders have started a campaign to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and make sure the banks no longer invest in private prisons. This came in effect after the protestors saw how they can limit the imprisonment of immigrants by ICE  and in this way abolish ICE altogether.

“It goes even beyond ICE,” as per the statement of executive director of Freedom to Thrive, Daniel Carrillo, to media. “Immigration should be a right.”

Freedom to Thrive has got major banks and financial institutions, including JP Morgan Chase, to no longer fund the private prisons. Carrillo said that the goal of their group is to “end the punishment-based criminal and immigration systems”.

The prison companies in focus are CoreCivic and GEO Group. JP Morgan along with several other banks have produced $1.8 billion to support the arrears in 2018 with CoreCivic and Geo Group.

After getting JPMorgan Chase to stop financing the CoreCivic and Geo Group, the activists now want the Bank of America and others to do the same to abolish ICE. Carrillo in regards with free trade policies said, “We operate with open borders. Why do we draw the line with people?”

Meanwhile, the companies have said the campaign to be politically motivated and to ruin their relationship of work with the Department of Homeland Security.

Spokeswoman of CoreCivic, Amanda Gilchrist said, “It is disappointing JP Morgan will no longer have a role in helping to provide similar solutions for our government partners.” 

The call to abolish ICE has now reached to some of the leaders of democrats and the activists are taking advantage on the passion of immigration policies developed by the Trump administration. 

Activists see the private prison as a step to fulfill their aim to abolish ICE by destroying its partners in the private sector and the announcement of national emergency at southern border has motivated the activists to do the same.

Make the Road’s (another activist group) executive director Javier Valdez claimed that, both ICE and border patrol agents “tear apart families and lock people in cage” and the immigrants died mostly in private prisons which is one of the reasons they support the movement to abolish ICE. However, both the companies have stated these accusations to be false.


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