Press release from CIMA Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción and WNC Sanctuary Movement:
Asheville, NC – Local Sanctuary activists and organizations will be holding a press conference today at 4 pm outside of the Federal Building (151 Patton Avenue) to brief media and the community about the ICE attacks on Latinx community this morning.
This morning, ICE raided several Asheville area neighborhoods resulting in the detention of at least 7 Latinx community members. Members of our community were detained in their neighborhoods while running simple errands or on their way to work on a Saturday morning. Neighborhoods throughout the Emma Elementary neighborhood, in Hendersonville, and in Flat Rock are reeling at the sudden loss of their loved ones. While local organizers are mobilizing support for these families, information about where they have been taken, the reasons for their detention, and the opportunity to bring in legal counsel are still unavailable.
CIMA and the WNC Sanctuary Movement is actively monitoring community members were alerted to the ICE presence and mobilized to document the arrests and support the families who were traumatized by this attack on their families. Information has been gathered and shared with the volunteers on a legal team formed to help locate and track the detainees through the ICE system. We know that some of them have been immediately moved out of the area making it difficult for family members or legal representatives to find and support their family. A family member of one the detainees told us, “I am afraid and I don’t know what is going to happen to my family member and to the community.”
We have unconfirmed information that it is possible that these ICE raids may last through the weekend in Buncombe and Henderson counties. We appreciate your support and for more information please follow the CIMA Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción and Nuestro Centro Facebook pages online.