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Protesters say they are concerned about ICE

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Protesters lined the sidewalk in front of the federal building Friday morning to show their concern for the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Claims of terrorizing families and of creating a panic are among the accusations leveled against ICE. An in-depth story on the raids in Clovis of last week will be published in the Daily Record this coming week. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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The director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Marcela Diaz, came to Roswell from Santa Fe on Friday. She stood alongside Somos Portales members, Somos Lea County members, and Roswell’s Somos Chaves members.

Somos Un Pueblo Unido is a 21-year-old worker and immigrant right organization that has offices in 10 communities throughout rural New Mexico.
The representatives of the many groups along with a number of allies protested ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, raids in Clovis recently. The raids netted eight people who were removed from their work and families to be deported to Mexico.
Diaz said that one of their concerns is a bill that could cause many rural communities in New Mexico to suffer or even cease to exist.
“Congressman Pearce has supported a bill,” Diaz said, “to target counties and cities with withdrawn federal funds if they choose not to use meager funds to support ICE in their deportation activities.”

Neza Leal-Sanchez, also of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, said that many of the protesters lost friends and loved ones in last week’s raid. Others fear for the future in their communities.
“Most of the rural communities here in the southeast depend on key industries like dairy, oil and gas and agriculture,” Leal-Sanchez said. “Those industries depend on immigrant workers, and so what we’re saying is the ICE agents are targeting the very people who are working to keep these communities alive. It’s not just the immigrant community that’s being affected, but it’s everyone who lives in these communities.”
The Daily Record will provide further coverage of this situation next week.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.