For example, the group “Never Again Action,” consisting primarily of Jewish immigration advocates, recently organized a protest at an ICE detention facility in New Jersey, blocking the road and preventing vehicles from entering or exiting the facility. In another instance, a Catholic bishop named Mark Seitz personally escorted groups of migrants across the Lerdo International Bridge in El Paso, Texas. Even employees at Wayfair, an e-commerce company that primarily deals in home supplies, staged a walkout after it was discovered Wayfair had contracted to supply an ICE detention facility with bedroom furniture.
The latter protest has particularly drawn controversy, and not just from those who approve of the Trump Administration’s more punitive policies against undocumented immigrants. Some, including Wayfair’s leadership, have defended the company’s right to engage in free commerce. They also referenced the fact that many of these facilities do not have appropriate furniture for all the people detained there, saying: “We believe youth should sleep in beds with mattresses.” Despite the protests, the government’s stringent policies are unlikely to change soon.
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