Take Action! Monday July 13 at 12:00 p.m. EST at the ICE Field Office at 26 Federal Plaza (corner of Broadway and Duane St). Physical Distancing and Masks Required! Tell ICE: #NoStudentBan #NoDeportations

On Monday, July 13, academic workers across the country will protest the directive announced this week by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that could result in the removal of thousands of international students and scholars this Fall semester. This will be a simultaneous action in multiple cities, timed to take place one day before a hearing in Massachusetts District Court on Tuesday, July 14, over the lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT to seek a temporary restraining order against the proposed directive.

UAW is helping file a multi-union amicus brief in the Harvard lawsuit, and is coordinating with other Universities and State Attorney Generals more broadly. While we are cautiously optimistic that these suits could temporarily halt the ICE directive, the fight to block scapegoating of non-US citizens by the Trump administration is ongoing.

If you are able to participate in a (physically distant) direct action:

  • Meet at 12 p.m. at the ICE Field Office (26 Federal Plaza, corner of Broadway and Duane St).

  • Wear a UAW t-shirt.

  • Bring a banner or sign.

Masks and physical distancing are mandatory.

This action will take place in public spaces that are accessible to all.

If you are not able to participate in an in-person direct action:

  • Call ICE Field Office at (212) 264-4213 starting at 12:00 p.m. EST Monday, July 13. Tell them to rescind their July 6 Directive targeting F-1 and M-1 visa holders.

  • Join the Zoom event organized by our Boston-area union siblings. Check our Facebook for a link tomorrow.

  • Join the International Students Working Group by emailing gwcinternational@gmail.com

The GWC-UAW International Students Working Group (ISWG) has been mobilizing to stop this dangerous and cruel directive since it was announced. On Friday, our union co-hosted a national information session with an immigration attorney that was viewed by thousands of workers across the country (a recording is available if you weren’t able to make it). ISWG also organized to put pressure on elected officials through making calls to Congressional Representatives and urging them to act fast in opposition to the ICE directive.