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Fire and ICE

How ICE was confronted in Flagstaff.
This is a good example of great in-your-face direct action done creatively, theatrically - and nonviolently.
Flagstaff Immigrant Rights Enforcement Communique
Contact: Agent Del Fuego - email:  fire.az@hushmail.com

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

FIRE Raids ICE Management Meeting, Delivers Notice of Deportation of ICE from Flagstaff

Flagstaff. AZ -- At approximately 10AM on Thursday December 4th, Flagstaff Immigrant Rights Enforcement (FIRE) confronted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a daring raid, serving a notice of deportation to ICE representatives at an ICE Management meeting. FIRE agents pinpointed the location of the ICE management meeting at the Flagstaff Radisson Hotel in the Kaibab Meeting Room and staged the raid. FIRE agent Del Fuego read the notice of deportation to more than 15 ICE associated criminals, some of whom appeared to possibly be illegal immigrants themselves, as they were not Indigenous People. Agent Del Fuego called for the immediate withdrawal of ICE from the Flagstaff community and notified ICE of
the cease and desist order for all future raids.

FIRE will continue supporting and enforcing immigrant rights where they are violated with the exception of established immigrant "settlers" or "colonizers" who have been benefitting from the exploitation of Indigenous People's lands. In addition, locations believed to be harboring ICE criminals, associates, and illegal settlers on indigenous lands can expect future FIRE raids. FIRE has credible intelligence that ICE absconders use condominiums, country clubs, law enforcement facilities, steakhouses, stretch limousines, luxury hotels, beach resorts, ski resorts, martini bars, intelligence facilities, etc., as bases of operation. These settlers will be brought to justice. No human is illegal.


Notice served on this, the 4th day of December, 2008 by Flagstaff Immigrant Rights Enforcement (FIRE) for the immediate deportation from the Flagstaff area of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and officials.

FIRE charges ICE with the following activities deemed criminal and in violation of human rights. These activities include but are not limited to:

1) Terrorizing entire communities resulting in the destruction of over 34,000 families within the last year alone, including most recently, 16 persons within the immediate Flagstaff area. 2) Causing fear that has extended into the hearts of our community's children, who, due to your presence, live in constant trauma of
returning to an empty home. 3) Taking no meaningful measures to ensure the well-being of those impacted by family members' deportation. 4) Perpetuating institutionalized racism and practicing racial profiling. 5) Aiding and abetting border militarization on both sides of the US- Mexico border. 6) Creating and upholding the myth of "illegal human beings". 7) Enforcing and benefitting from a global economic system that criminalizes labor and creates deathly low wages. 8) Enforcing immigration policies on borders drawn on indigenous lands. 9) Misappropriation of taxpayer funds for aforementioned terrorist activity while education, health care, and housing services collapse.


About FIRE - Flagstaff Immigrant Rights Enforcement is established to take direct action in solidarity with communities impacted by ICE raids. We do not represent anyone or any groups other than ourselves and our actions. FIRE is an independent agency and can be made up of anyone fighting for human rights and the abolition of