Undocumented immigrant activists block deportation bus


A group of young, undocumented immigrant activists temporarily halted a deportation bus from leaving downtown San Francisco on Oct. 17. The bus was parked outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices at 630 Sansome Street, where detainees are held during the day while they await court hearings.

They said they were inspired by recent actions in Arizona, and were putting themselves at risk to send a message to President Barack Obama that all deportations should be halted until federal immigration reform is in place.

Even though federal immigration police threatened them with felony charges if they did not allow the bus to pass, activists decided after an intense discussion to stay seated on the street where they were and continue their protest. 

“We will do whatever is necessary for our community,” protester Alex Aldana said into a megaphone after the group huddled to discuss how to respond to the threat, adding that they would risk arrest.

They chanted “undocumented, unafraid,” and at one point even taped a hot pink sign to the front of the bus that read, “Shut Down ICE.” Supporters circled the bus in a procession, waving signs and chanting, until authorities set up a police line and told them that they would risk arrest if they did not move to the sidewalk. There were federal immigration officials as well as San Francisco police officers on the scene. 

At one point, ICE officials told the activists that the protesters could be charged with felony false imprisonment if they did not get up and move. But in the end, federal officers merely escorted them away from the bus and released them on the sidewalk around the corner.

Organizations involved included the California Immigrant Policy Center, POWER, Causa Justa / Just Cause, the Asian Law Caucus, ASPIRE and others who are part of a coalition that has been focused on immigration reform.

“When they talked to me, they said they were going to arrest me,” said Emmanuel Valenciano, one of the activists who blocked the bus, after being released. He added that he had expected the San Francisco Police Department to take them into custody.

The passengers on the bus were not visible to protesters and bystanders, but Asian Law Caucus Staff Attorney Anoop Prasad had met with some of them earlier that day. They were from Russia, El Salvador, Ethiopia and other countries. Many had been swept into ICE custody after being identified via Secure Communities (S-Comm), an information-sharing program that links local law enforcement information with federal databases.

Some of the bus passengers were bound for the airport, where they would begin long deportation journeys. Others were headed back to ICE detention facilities throughout California, where they would remain while fighting their cases.  All of the detainees had their hands and waists in shackles, Prasad said.

Once the protesters were escorted off the scene and released, the bus backed up and continued on its way.


A few people temporarily delayed a bus departure.

Slow news day?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 7:30 am

is good news

Posted by gullah on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

The demographic changes march on, no matter how many crackdowns and deportations you conservatives stage. Congratulations on your little victory of sending a bus full of undocumented people out of the country. You're still losing the war. Better learn that espanol!

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 8:05 am

That's "español" you insensitive clod!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 8:23 am

any officer enforcing the laws of our land to the next level, he should at least show some respect for the language he clearly does not know but prefers it to English anyway just because of his ravaging self-hatred.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 8:40 am
Posted by aho on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

the ultimate grammar troll idiocy

Posted by humm on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

And I'm enjoying it. It shows that I'm pressing their buttons. And I'm pressing their buttons because they know I'm right, and there's not a damn thing they can do about it! Times like these, part of me even hopes they'll be here with me to see this country in 50 years.

Part of me.

For what it's worth, I don't know how to do a tilde on this keyboard. But again, their frustration has nothing to do with a missing tilde. I know what their frustration is about, and I LOVE IT!!!

Posted by Greg on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

just look up your word on google, and copy it ;)

Posted by racer x on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

Take your tildeless whyte privilege back to your Neo-Nazi compound, troll!

Posted by Guest on Oct. 19, 2013 @ 11:54 am

simply for that reason alone?

In other words, you support criminals and hate law enforcement?

And that is news to anyone here because . . . ?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 8:36 am

In honor of Greg, I think we should throw the borders open.

Completely open.

Does Greg have any idea how many people worldwide would jump at the chance to move to the United States, if there were no immigration controls?

He'll love the United States when it is a Third World country with more than a billion people in it.

Posted by The Real LOL Barrier! on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 9:12 am
Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 9:29 am

New Mexico has been for a long time. Texas, Florida and Arizona cannot be far off.

But it doesn't mean that those States are backward banana republics. Part of them look and feel that way, but those aren't the parts that people like us live in.

I don't blame illegals for coming here and I appreciate the fact that many of them work hard at affordable rates. But they really cannot complain when they get bussed back to Mexico.

Chances are they'll be back after a few weeks anyway, and the whole process starts over again.

Meanwhile, I need some painting done.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 9:43 am

this is simply a barricade against trolls

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into repetitive reactionary hyperbole, and/or petty, mean spirited personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by bdid on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:27 am
Posted by bte on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

"The US is already a Third World country"

LOL. Ever been to rural Guatemala?

This is only the beginning.

I think that Golden Gate Park would make an excellent location for a favela, as San Francisco struggles to accommodate its two million additional new Third World inhabitants!

Open The Borders!


You deserve it.

Posted by The Real LOL Barrier! on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 9:59 am

perhaps only then will he realize that the grass isn't greener on the other side.

Posted by anon on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:05 am

English only.

Rah, rah, rah.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:20 am

There is a special exemption for people over a certain age.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

And I've seen the scores of homeless throughout the US. More every day.

Communities of shopping cart people outside new luxury apartment buildings in the Mission District.

Rural communities in Guatemala take better care of each other than we do here in the so-called First (really Third) World.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:14 am

Makes a big difference. We do not owe them any significant duty of care.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 11:59 am

So what's your point? Just reflexively commenting?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

Do you ask to see their papers?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
Posted by yep on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

predicates his entire political ideology on his stereotypes of illegals, Asians, cops and other convenient classifications.

He is really exhibiting exactly the same prejudices as racists and bigots, except that he thinks he can get away with it as long as his hatred is wrapped in a veneer of political correctness.

Greg prefers foreigners to Americans anyway, so why not prefer illegals to citizens as well? There's a method to his prejudices, but it's a sad sickness anyway.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 9:39 am
Posted by honor on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

hate on steroids claiming someone else is a hater

Posted by monie on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

is a mistaken Enlightenment assumption

Posted by hmmm on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

"Demographic changes" my culo! Babies having babies ain't nothing to cheer for.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 20, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

The left is mentally ill

Posted by Guest on Oct. 20, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

Bay Area from other countries seeking economic opportunity is identical to the movement of young tech workers here from throughout the US seeking their fortunes.

However, when the speculative bubble bursts, the techies won't have to cross international borders to return home. Also, immigrant communities support each other better than the techsters ever will. Watch them throw each other under the (Google) bus when the inevitable shakeout comes.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 11:14 am
Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

Chasing the money regardless of documentation status.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:08 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

Customs Enforcement then it logically follows that they want anyone to be able to enter the US at will for any reason whatsoever. In addition they're also demanding the free and uninterrupted flow of all goods and services across the border without exception - including any type of weapon, foods, medicines etc... A strange dichotomy - in essence they're radical libertarians on this issue.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 11:33 am

A major part of the reason that we argue for eliminating borders to immigration, is that currently capital and products are given far more cross-border mobility than workers.

For example in order for workers to be able to compete with capital flight and outsourcing, they need to be able to follow the capital and workplaces to different countries so that they can organize against corporations trying to exploit a race to the bottom on wages and benefits.

Another good example is the flooding of cheap subsidized U.S. corn into Mexico which has decimated the small corn farmers there. Those farmers need mobility to work around that corporate manufactured employment crisis which was created by excessive mobility of a particular product.

So those of us wisely arguing against borders to immigration, are quite logically and conversely, arguing for -less- mobility for capital and goods.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 11:52 am


When a nation pays its workers too much, as the US does, there are one or more of three results:

1) Employment is outsourced to a cheaper place, as you note

2) Immigration increases to the overpaying nation, depressing wages here

3) The US dollar falls relative to those cheaper nations.

In practice all three happen. But only (2) is relevant here, and there remains a clear bright line between legal immigration (H1-B > Green Card) and entering the nation illegally. The former is a good thing; the latter is not.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

All we would have to do, to eliminate the 'problem' you describe is institute a global living wage.

Then corporations would have far less incentive to outsource.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

Eric, you are hilarious. There is absolutely no way to do something like that. you are pissing into the wind.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

Countries institute minimum and living wages all the time. We should now do so on a global level. The time for that natural progression has arrived.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

impossible to achieve. Who would enforce such a rule? The UN?

You are off your head here. Wages are always going to be less in Bangladesh than Switzerland. You are wasting your time and showing your naivity.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

We have lots of global standards for food safety, border enforcement, etc.

There is no reason we could not also set a global minimum/livable wage.

If most countries took part, it would be enforceable. And it would also be really good for -all- countries because it would raise local spending in every economy by the working class.

In fact it might be easier to do a global wage. Since no country would be forced to out-compete any others on wages any more. It might well be an easier pill for us all to swallow together, as a global community.

Whereas now, if we try in any given country to raise wages, a huge battle ensues because corporations can rightly claim that such wage increases empower overseas competition.

Finally, I think you do protest too loudly.

Your clear agitated angst about this idea, suggests that you are viscerally afraid of it. (And well you should be.)

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

there isn't the remotest chance of that happening.

Can you cite one member of Congress who supports this idea?

The problem is that you never talk to anyone who isn't exactly like you, so you have no idea what the vast majority of Americans think.

You just come across as being hopelessly, cluelessly naive.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

So, what exactly are you talking about?

And if we do it planet wide, Congress might well support it vigorously, since it would make U.S. businesses much more competitive in the worldwide market.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

that all nations would agree to it, nor that they could ever agree on what that would be. But even if they did, it would be very very low.

I'm more worried about a global maximum wage.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

And it wouldn't be that low. (See my other reply about compensating rising prices elsewhere on this thread.)

Posted by bte on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 2:49 pm
Posted by Guest on Oct. 18, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
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