Individual apprehended in Downtown Ithaca by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition says an individual was apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Downtown Ithaca on Tuesday. The action comes two weeks after two restaurant workers at Taste of Thai were arrested as part of an ICE sweep, according to The Cornell Daily Sun.

The Immigrant Rights Coalition (IRC) says their Rapid Response Network was activated and responded on Tuesday, and that “contacts in the community declined to speak publicly.”

The group has declined to identify the individual arrested on Tuesday, and says anyone who witnesses an immigration arrest, or is stopped by immigration officials, is encouraged to call their rapid response hotline at 607-358-5119. According to IRC organizer Patricia Rodriguez, the group’s Rapid Response Network will arrive on the scene when possible, document ICE arrests, and follow up on detention cases.

Mayor Svante Myrick has spoken out against what he says are “crackdowns that create fear of local law enforcement, hurt working people, and are grounded in old school xenophobia.” The mayor says that even though Ithaca is a “sanctuary city,” which will not ask individuals their immigration status or cooperate with immigration officials without a warrant, “we can’t stop them.”

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