Indivisible LA Capitol Region plans ‘Defund Hate’ rally at East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

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BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33) (FOX 44) — Organizers with Indivisible Louisiana Capitol Region (ILCR) plan to hold a rally at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office headquarters to protest the 287(g) agreement between EBRSO and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ILCR spokesperson Stephanie Dugas Braswell said “287g is an agreement that the Sheriff’s Office has with ICE that basically deputizes the EBR sheriff’s department officers to act as federal immigration enforcement.”

Dugas said today’s rally is intended to be peaceful and is part of a larger effort of a ‘Defund Hate’ campaign. The campaign wants Congress to cut overall funding for ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The group also wants Congress to approve legislation that would prevent ICE from taking money meant for other agencies.

The Baton Rouge rally is scheduled from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at EBRSO headquarters, 8900 Jimmy Wedell Drive. Dugas encourages people to bring signs and wear t-shirts representing their organization.

East Baton Rouge is one of only three parishes in Louisiana that has a 287(g) agreement with the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE. This agreement allows EBR officers to act as ICE agents. This means that our parish taxes and resources are funding a national campaign against undocumented people instead of funding our safety.

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