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ICE Had A Super Bowl Campaign But Immigrant Advocates Clapped Back With #TackleICE

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) first began promoting their agency during the Super Bowl last year in Houston. The tactic is a new one for ICE as they attempt to reach more people than ever in their recruitment efforts. Yet, people on social media had a different idea when they saw the ads and responded with a hashtag of their own: #TackleICE.

This is an example of how ICE used #ICEatSB52 during the Super Bowl to promote the agency.

They tweeted throughout the Super Bowl event, while promoting that they are hiring and looking for new agents to join the team.

ICE included their collaboration with the Super Bowl on their website.

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CREDIT: https://www.ice.gov/features/superbowl

Who knows how much the government agency spent on pushing this narrative throughout the Super Bowl. But as we know, any kind of marketing ploy during the Super Bowl cost millions.

Civil rights organizations such as Mijente fought back against their messaging by implementing a new hashtag that showed what some think ICE is all about.

People used #TackleICE on Twitter in order to fight back against ICE’s narrative.

The hashtag turned into a virtual protest against the immigration authorities.

The #TackleICE hashtag ran from the start of the game till the very end. People were tweeting about the impact that ICE has had in their communities for the past few years.

People are calling ICE out for how they have separated families at sensitive sites, like churches and schools.

The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on Congress to change how ICE conducts raids and arrests. The same sentiment echoed in these tweets.

“In the past year, ICE has gone after parents dropping off their children at school; primary caregivers to family members with disabilities; domestic abuse survivors seeking legal protections; religious minorities who fear persecution; political activists; community leaders; and people who work everywhere from convenience stores to dairy farms,” By Brian Tashman, Political Researcher and Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union writes. “Politicians who want to lead on immigration need to speak up and deal with the reality that ICE needs to be held to account for its abuses and lawlessness.”


READ: Bay Area Prepares For Possible Massive Raids of Undocumented Immigrants

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This Man Is HIV-Positive And Face Deportation To Venezuela Where HIV Medication Is Very Scarce

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This Man Is HIV-Positive And Face Deportation To Venezuela Where HIV Medication Is Very Scarce

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“I told him, you’ve sent me to death.”

Ricardo Querales is an HIV-positive Venezuelan man living in Florida. Originally, Querales was granted asylum 13 years ago and didn’t have to worry about his immigration status. A minor drug offense, according to WPLG Local 10, landed him in the legal system and cost him his safety in the U.S. The man was given adjudication withheld, which in Florida means he was never formally convicted of a crime and was given probation as his punishment. Despite never being convicted of a crime, the arrest was enough to strip him of his asylum leaving him at the mercy of Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents at his routine check-ins.

For Quealres, the fear is more than being deported, but losing access to necessary medication. “I have friends dying everyday because they don’t have medication,” Querales told WPLG Local 10.

Venezuela is in the middle of a major economic crisis after global oil prices plummeted. The result is people going without food, education, and even life-saving medication. That is Querales’ fear, according to WPLG Local 10. NBC News reports that the antiretroviral medication that is used to slow down the progression of HIV and stop infections that could be life-threatening has become scarce. Hospitals have stopped testing for the virus and people are dying from HIV and AIDS because there just isn’t medication to treat the patients.

Querales is worried about being sent to a country in the middle of an economic turmoil so severe that the life-saving medication he would need to survive does not exist. According to WPLG Local 10, Querales is trying to use the humanitarian issue of sending him back to stay the deportation proceedings. As of now, he is expected to report to ICE offices in Miramar, Fla. at the end of February with his passport and plane ticket to Venezuela.

(H/T: WPLG Local 10 ABC)


READ: People Are Furious At Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro Eating An Empanada Live On TV While Citizens Starve

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