Rights groups rally to help immigrant communities ahead of reported weekend raids by ICE
Ahead of raids the Trump administration is reportedly set to begin on Sunday, rights groups on Friday urgently circulated information to immigrant communities and families nationwide to ensure their rights are known and protections are in place.
Three officials with knowledge of Trump's directive to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the Washington Post that up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders could be targeted in 10 major cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Baltimore, San Francisco, Newark, and Washington, D.C.
The news of the planned raids comes days after the president threatened that he would soon begin deporting "millions" of undocumented immigrants.
If ICE agents come to an immigrant's home, one infographic made by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) read, he or she should not open the door. Instead, families should demand to see a warrant for arrest and exercise their right to remain silent and speak with a lawyer.
🚨🚨READ🚨🚨: ICE raids targeting families may be happening as soon as this weekend. Miami, LA, Chicago, Baltimore, DC,… https://t.co/YeCMxnHiwo— Fair Immigration Reform Movement (@Fair Immigration Reform Movement) 1561147323.0
"Don't give personal information or your fingerprints, or answer any questions about your status," wrote FIRM. "Don't hand over your ID or papers to the ICE agents. Don't sign any forms or documents (paper or digital) that the ICE agents give you without speaking with an attorney."
FIRM also compiled a list of ways communities and organizers can help immigrants ahead of the raids.
"Create an emergency list of a large number of lawyers that will be ready to roll immediately" to provide legal aid, FIRM wrote. "Prepare a database of the names and numbers of individuals who can help with translation and transportation...Identify local people in the town where the raid happened that can be ready to brief lawyers when they come."
Rights advocates called on community members to connect with social justice groups in their area and vow to help undocumented immigrants if they saw a raid taking place, by familiarizing themselves with immigrants' rights during a raid.
Raids are starting on Sunday in cities across the U.S. WILL YOU PROTECT YOUR NEIGHBOR? #ProtectOurCommunities… https://t.co/MYB3o7IsMg— RAICES (@RAICES) 1561145227.0
Ready, willing, and able to show up as needed. Will sit and block any door or car as needed. @Vamos_Juntos_ give me… https://t.co/vt7zfPNap1— melissa “cancel ALL student debt” byrne (@melissa “cancel ALL student debt” byrne) 1561146712.0
Find out if your city has a rapid response network to help sound the alarm about raids. Donate to organizations lik… https://t.co/EOM4T4WLBN— Evan Greer (@Evan Greer) 1561141139.0
Rights advocates and lawmakers condemned Trump's reported plan, which acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan had warned ICE would likely separate children from their parents, according to the Post.
"ICE raiding our communities is domestic terrorism," tweeted the immigration legal aid non-profit Raices. "ICE is doing this to not just rip apart hundreds of families apart but also to terrorize everyone else. This is the definition of terrorism."
Deporting hundreds of families—separating more children from their parents in the process—is inhumane. Our immigrat… https://t.co/be0GwMDcRy— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren) 1561145786.0
Up to 2,000 families will be targeted starting this Sunday. ICE will be arresting migrants in their work places & t… https://t.co/16CxeRHu4r— RAICES (@RAICES) 1561142304.0
The President who claims there is a crisis at the Southern border is sending ICE to raid communities & round up fam… https://t.co/HdDbYof5Og— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II) 1561146746.0
Trump is reportedly intent on carrying out the widespread raids despite the McAleenan's warnings.