And in New York state, a group of undocumented workers has launched a week-long march to protest raids by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency in Buffalo, New York. The group is known as the Buffalo 25—25 undocumented workers who were detained after ICE raided four Mexican restaurants earlier this month. At least four of the Buffalo 25 are currently wearing GPS ankle monitors used by ICE. Last week, eight migrant justice activists were arrested after they blocked the entrance to the ICE office in downtown Buffalo. Churches across Buffalo have also opened their doors, offering sanctuary to undocumented workers in the wake of the raids. This is Leticia, one of the workers detained during the ICE raids.
Leticia: “What was my surprise? I found my house upside down, destroyed. My children, all four, were born here. They took my children’s documents, which are the most important to us. They took all of our savings for college. It was about $9,000 to $10,000, and that was for college for my daughter. My daughter is strong, but I’m starting to see her waver. She says not to worry, that she’ll start working soon.”