Photo by Brandon Wu

This November and December, the DC Council will vote on permanent legislation to strengthen the city’s policies limiting collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement. This legislation comes at a critical juncture for the future of sanctuary policy in DC and across the country. While the incoming Biden administration may make modest reforms around the edges of the American immigration system, it is unlikely that ICE under Biden will meaningfully depart from its long-standing practice of aggressively deputizing local law enforcement to help detain and deport immigrants.

As we move past the era of Trump and…


Photo by Brandon Wu

In the midst of a global pandemic and a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in unmarked cars and uniforms labeled “police” came into the heart of Washington D.C and took a young man from his home as his wife and daughter watched. ICE took this DC resident to a migrant detention center several hours away, where the likelihood of him contracting COVID-19 is dangerously high. They did this with the often accurate assumption that no one would notice, and if a pesky few raised a fuss, ICE could simply point to the detained…

Austin Rose

Sanctuary DMV organizer, law student, and aspiring immigration attorney interested in criminal-immigration intersections and anti-detention litigation.

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