By Deanna Garcia, Undocumented NY
About 30 law school students and immigrant advocates gathered in front of the LexisNexis office in Midtown East on Thursday to protest the legal research firm’s $16.8 million contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Demonstrators are asking for an end to ICE contracts and urging New York University and other law schools to sever their own agreements with the agency over its contracts. Law school students were among protestors demanding that schools offer alternative methods for legal research.
Activists and students held signs that read, “Lexis must stop finding ICE,” and “Lexis surveils all of us.” Jamie Him Hon Wong, an NYU law student, spoke to the crowd and recounted her own family’s experiences with ICE. Her father, an immigrant from China, was picked up by ICE at a naturalization ceremony when she was a teenager. “This is about people,” Wong said loudly while two large American flags hung overhead nearby. “About communities and families.” Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio for Documented.