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Undocumented immigrant activists face immigration risks in joining protests.


The past week has seen protests across the U.S. in response to George Floyd’s death and against police brutality and systemic racism. In some cities, the protests were accompanied by “riots” and “looting.” Across the U.S., some peaceful protesters have been arrested, tear-gassed, and shot with rubber bullets. Undocumented immigrants, including DACA beneficiaries, have had to grapple with these risks to protesting, in addition to the risk that an arrest could affect their immigration status. On Sunday, CBP acting Commissioner Morgan said that the agency was supporting law enforcement against “rioters,” but also said that the move was not meant to enforce immigration law. One DACA recipient and activist named Máxima Guerrero was arrested in her car while leaving a demonstration in Phoenix, and was in ICE custody for two days. After a large community outcry, she was released by ICE.

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