ICE Officials Arrest Activist for Reciting Poem Criticizing Immigration Policy

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California has filed a petition for an activist arrested in California just two days after he read a poem at a public forum criticizing the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Jose Omar Bello Reyes, 22, read his poem titled “Dear America” at a public forum in Bakersfield, California on May 15, according to the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by the ACLU. In a video posted by the Bakersfield Californian, Bello can be seen at the TRUTH Act public forum reading his poem, which details interactions with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

“I’m here to let you know, we want to feel safe — whether we’re Brown, Asian, or Black,” Bello read. “We don’t want your jobs. We don’t want your money. We’re here to work hard, pay taxes, and study.”

The ACLU states…

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