Jewish and immigration activists hold rally, protest ICE in Graham; multiple people arrested

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GRAHAM, N.C. — Jewish and immigration activists held a rally Sunday to protest Alamance County’s collaboration with ICE. North Carolina Jews and Siembra NC members protested at the “Never Again Action” rally through prayer and song against Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson’s collaboration with ICE. The protesters called for Alamance County officials to refuse to renew their $2.3 million contract with ICE. Protestors gathered at the Center for Spiritual Living on 309 South Maple Street. Local Jews and immigrants spoke about how they believe Alamance County’s collaboration with ICE contributes to the struggles that immigrants face. The group then marched to the Alamance County Detention Center where Jewish protesters lead the group in a traditional Jewish mourning service called a shiva, which includes the Mourner’s Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead. A small crowd of counter-protesters gathered behind police tape. Graham police say a few people were arrested. They reportedly do not have a total number yet. No one was injured. “We have no issue with their first amendment right to say what they want to say,” said Lieutenant Daniel Sisk with the Graham Police Department. ” This had absolutely nothing to do with their viewpoint. This is more-so to protect the citizens of Graham and maintain the business and stuff around town.” Since the protestors were gathered on private property, they were allowed to stay. They did not have a permit to protest. Graham police, Alamance County sheriff officials and Burlington police monitored the protest.

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