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Protesters Block New Mexico Streets After Transgender Illegal Immigrant Died, Call To Abolish ICE

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Grace Carr Reporter

A number of protesters gathered in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, Monday to protest the death of a transgender illegal immigrant and to protest what they allege is the inhumane treatment of gay and transgender illegal immigrants.

Between 50 and 100 protesters assembled in front of the federal courthouse to protest U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) treatment of transgender illegal immigrant Roxsana Hernandez.

The transgender Honduran traveled to the U.S. in May 2017 and died from HIV after being detained in San Diego before he was transferred to Cibola Country Detention Center in New Mexico, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

“We arrived here to be in solidarity with the efforts they have locally but also to demand a shutdown of the local detention center and all the detention centers,” said Umi Vera, an immigrant rights activist from Portland, Oregon.

The Transgender Law Center along with the Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project and the Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement organized the protest.

“This is the beginning of what will be a national campaign to look at the abolish ICE movement from a different perspective,” said Transgender Law Center media relations consultant Anna Castro, the Albuquerque Journal reported. (RELATED: The Occupy Ice Protest Camp In Portland Has A Border Wall)

Occupy Ice demonstrations have popped up across the U.S. in a number of cities including Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit and New York.

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