This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents did not raid classrooms in the Berkeley and Oakland school districts. We repeat, the ICE did not snatch children out of their seats during Algebra class in hopes of deporting them. ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice tells the Chronicle, “immigration authorities try to conduct their investigations and detentions in appropriate times and places, with consideration given to the sensitivity of the surrounding community.”
In other words, the ICE keeps the drama on the down-low. Still, rumors of school raids riled people up, sparking a protest at Berkeley High School. A few students in brown armbands gathered there yesterday as an outcry against raids in general-which actually happen every day, and not just when rumors fly out of hand.
Of course, this game of “he said, she said,” can’t pass without at least one conservative blogger with their panties in a tizzy. There’s anger directed at the actions of local politicians, who helped spread the falsities–and even the San Francisco Chronicle, because they reported about people’s fears in light of the rumor-fest. How dare they.
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