Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is getting so brazen in their raids that they are now detaining undocumented students on their way to school. Even worse, in addition to breaking up families, these detentions have been a blow to undocumented students’ overall school attendance.
According to their own policies, ICE doesn’t conduct raids at sensitive locations like schools, churches or hospitals, unless it’s an emergency. ThinkProgress, who first broke this troubling development, points out that this is simplynot true, and this unwillingness to stick to their own rules is really messing with kids who are finding academic success.
“That’s a huge deal with students who have been doing really well in school, really improving, and now feel like they can’t come to school,” Rebecca Costas, an English Language Learner teacher at Myers Park High School in Charlotte,N.C., told ThinkProgress. “This has a lot of impact on student behavior. Their experiences in their native countries were bad enough, and the journey over was very traumatic. A lot of kids coming over here are clearly exhibiting signs of PTSD, depression, mental health issues — these current raids have just exacerbated that.”
In North Carolina, attendance has gone down by as much at 20 percent in certain areas directly because of these raids. A lot of these teens are being nabbed at the bus stop while they wait.
You can read more about this distressing trend here.
Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities.
The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. New Orleans had been on the list, but the city announced this weekend that ICE was temporarily postponing the raids due to Tropical Storm Barry.
The Trump administration is reportedly starting its planned ICE raids on Sunday.
Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your immigration status. You can’t always control whether you will come in contact with immigration or law enforcement. It is important to know and practice these scenarios so that you and your friends, family, and colleagues are prepared for any situation.
Understanding what your fundamental rights are and how to use them will help you advocate for yourself and respond appropriately if you encounter the police or immigration enforcement.
And in some parts of the country there’s reports that the raids have already started.
A group of Bay Area immigration attorneys entered federal ICE offices in San Francisco during the noon hour Thursday to demand information about the threat of immigration raids this weekend.
“We want to know what their plans are, who they are targeting and where individuals will be process so they can have access to attorneys,” said immigration attorney Siobhan Waldron.
Attorneys say these raids are already underway in the Bay Area, beginning in Contra Costa County this past Sunday.
It’s more important than ever to know your rights so you can protect yourself and help others.
As Sunday approaches, immigrant rights groups have been ramping up efforts to make sure affected communities know their rights and are prepared for possible raids.
Immigrant right’s organizations and politicians have been taking to social media to share important information with vulnerable communities.
Rep. Omar (MN) took to Twitter to share a helpful guide put together by the ACLU but also to say “These raids will dehumanize immigrants and tear families apart. This will not make our country any stronger. It will only traumatize children, destroy lives, and make our country less safe.”
If you’re undocumented, it’s absolutely vital that you know your rights.
If ICE officers come to your home, don’t open the door, according to the ACLU. Agents can’t come into your house unless you let them in or they have a search warrant signed by a judge. Ask officers to pass any warrants under the door, and check that it is a judicial search warrant ― not just an arrest warrant, as that’s not enough ― and that it’s signed by a judge.
If they come in anyway, don’t physically resist arrest. Say “I do not consent to your entry” and say you have a right to remain silent and want to speak to a lawyer. Do not sign any papers without seeing a lawyer, as these may be papers asking you to consent to your own removal.
Si está indocumentado, es muy importante que conozca sus derechos.
Si los agentes de ICE van a su casa, no abra la puerta, de acuerdo con la ACLU. Los agentes no pueden entrar a su casa a menos que los deje entrar o tengan una orden de registro firmada por un juez. Pídales a los oficiales que aprueben cualquier orden bajo la puerta y verifique que se trata de una orden de registro judicial, no solo una orden de arresto, ya que no es suficiente, y que está firmado por un juez.
Si entran, no resistan físicamente el arresto. Diga “No doy mi consentimiento para su entrada” y diga que tiene derecho a permanecer callado y desea hablar con un abogado. No firme ningún documento sin consultar a un abogado, ya que pueden ser documentos que le piden su consentimiento para su propia eliminación.
Informed Immigrant also offers downloadable Red Cards that can be used if you’re afraid that you might say the wrong thing to an ICE officer.
You can download them in a variety of different languages here.
If you’re a concerned neighbor, know how you can help.
Do not interfere physically in an arrest, but you can document it. You have a right to take photos, video or notes on what happened, as well as to ask for officers’ badge numbers.
And, perhaps most importantly, know that it’s very rare for ICE to obtain a proper judicial warrant.
According to legal expert Shannon Camacho, she says in an interview with DemocracyNow.org, that “ICE only has permission to enter an individual’s home if they have a judicial warrant that is signed by a judge. And not only that, but that judicial warrant has to have all of the information, including the person’s name, the person’s address, the time of the incident. All of that has to be accurate.”
She adds: “So, I can say, and our attorneys know this very well, that it is very rare that ICE is actually able to obtain a judicial arrest warrant. Most of the time they do not have that, meaning they do not have permission to enter people’s homes.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning a raid in the early morning hours on Sunday in 10 cities.
It is being reported that the raids will target more than 2,000 families in cities with large migrant populations including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston, according to officials who remain anonymous.
Trump tweeted on Monday that ICE would begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants throughout the U.S.
They are allegedly planning to use hotel rooms to house everyone until the family can be deported together and say they might even arrest individuals that can’t be deported immediately. They will most likely be released with ankle monitors, in cases such as parents whose children are U.S. citizens.
“Regardless of citizenship status, for workers — including teenagers, mothers, fathers, and those with medical issues — to be treated like enemy insurgents is beyond disturbing. It is terrible, barbaric, and inhumane.”