Mayors’ Statement Against ICE Raids
The ICE raids have struck terror in the hearts of many of our valued community members. They have broken apart families, separating parents from their children.
We cannot stop ICE from operating in our cities, but we can and must speak out against these raids which destabilize neighborhoods, traumatize children, hurt many innocent people, and create distrust of law enforcement. The negative collateral consequences of these raids on our cities is enormous.
Therefore we, the undersigned mayors, state our unwavering opposition to the ICE raids that have swept North Carolina in recent days, and we call on ICE officials to cease such raids in the future. These raids are detrimental to the welcoming, stable, loving communities that we work every day to build.
Steve Schewel, Mayor of Durham
Nancy Vaughan, Mayor of Greensboro
Mitch Colvin, Mayor of Fayetteville
Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville
Ian Baltutis, Mayor of Burlington
Pam Hemminger, Mayor of Chapel Hill
Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro