Elected officials locally and across the country signed a joint statement calling for the abolishment of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday. Local signees include the entire Carrboro Board of Alderman as well as officials in Chapel Hill, Durham and Hillsborough.
The more than 100 officials that signed on include state legislators, mayors, city council members, county officials and school board members across the country, including in New York, Kentucky and Arizona.
The statement is in response to recent ICE activity locally and around the country. In April, ICE conducted a raid that lead to 25 people across the Triangle area being picked up, according to a local press release on the statement.
According to Carrboro Mayor Pro Tempore Damon Seils, Carrboro responded to the raid through the renewal of partnerships with local organizations and holding a “Know Your Rights” event shortly after that raid.
“It tore apart some families, as ICE has made a habit of doing around the country recently,” Seils said. “We’ve been trying to help people pick up the pieces since then.”
Seils said the community will continue to support these kinds of events as long as they need to so people will understand what their rights are.
“ICE spends more time destroying communities than it does keeping communities safe while violating basic civil and human rights," the joint statement said. "The experiment that is ICE has failed, and must be ended as soon as possible."
Other officials that have signed the statement include Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Chapel Hill Town Council member Karen Stegman, Hillsborough Mayor Pro Tempore Jennifer Weaver and Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin. Stegman is the only Chapel Hill official that has signed onto the statement so far.
Matt Hughes, Hillsborough commissioner, also signed the statement.