ICE is in our neighborhoods, right now, tearing our families and communities apart. It is time New Yorkers come together to KICK THEM OUT!

Evict the ICE office from the Starrett-Lehigh building!

The Starrett-Lehigh, a building with a reputation of being "socially conscious" [1], is where ICE runs some of its day-to-day operations. Starrett-Lehigh is located at:

601 West 26th Street, New York, NY (in Manhattan).

ICE is specifically renting out a space on the 7th floor as their "Office of Community Engagement."

We can:

  1. apply pressure to the company renting out to ICE, which prides the Starrett-Lehigh building as renting out to ICE, and
  2. inform the other tenants that ICE is running their operations and doing work in the very same building as them. We'll then urge them to sign a petition to RXR Realty to end their contract with ICE.

Please sign the petition to voice your support!

How does applying pressure to the property owner help?

We know that the CEO says one thing, but does another: ICE is located on the seventh floor of the building, but they've done everything they can to hide it from their tenants. The elevators function in a way to obscure ICE's presence: typical tenants use a key card operate the elevator, and there is no option for the seventh floor. They don't list ICE anywhere in the building. Put simply, RXR does not want people to know about ICE.

RXR Realty's CEO Scott Rechler has personally voiced critically against the DSI and ICE's actions:

"While I have the utmost respect for the career professionals at the Department of Homeland Security and within ICE, as an American, I do find certain federal policies set by the current Administration relating to immigration, including family separation, to be disturbing and inhumane. It is my hope that we rethink our nation’s approach to immigrants and immigration more broadly." [2]

We can apply pressure by publicizing the fact that RXR Realty is renting space to ICE. RXR has contradicted their own statements and revealed those statements to be a PR facade. By showing to everyone that they're enabling ICE's operations right here in our city, we can show that RXR Realty's Starrett-Lehigh brand of "social responsibilty"[3] is just a lie.

What does informing the tenants do for this?

We suspect most of the tenants do not know that they're working in the same building as ICE. Many of their tenants are social justice activist groups and businesses whose clientelle should not be afraid to enter their offices. As the old saying goes "money talks." By forcing a predatory government agency into the same space as the tenant's employees and customers we believe that RXR has violated the terms of NYC housing laws. We encourage these tenants to put their rent into escrow until RXR commit to making the building safe for everybody.

Who are the current tenants also renting out at the building?

We've compiled a non-exhaustive list of the tenants currently at Starrett-Lehigh. If your organization rents out the Starrett-Lehigh, please let us know so you can join the fight!

What next?

Take a moment to contact the tenants above and encourage them to reach out to Starrett-Lehigh/RXR with their concerns. Remind them that they have legal recourse for being asked to share office space with a predatory government agency that poses a threat to their safety and well being. If you'd like to join us in our campaign to get ICE removed from the Starrett-Lehigh building you can fill out this form to let us know how you can help.

Please sign the petition to voice your support!

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