Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Rumored ICE ‘Raids’ Begin With a Whimper

Rumored ICE ‘Raids’ Begin With a Whimper

USA authorities launched small-scale operations seeking to arrest undocumented immigrants over the weekend in an apparent start to President Donald Trump's vow to launch mass deportation round-ups across the United States.

Sunday's ICE operation was targeted at a couple of thousand people with court removal orders, but it also was to include "collateral" deportations in which agents detain immigrants in the country illegally who are not intended targets but happen to be in the area.

Mary Bauer at the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) said there were no confirmed operations in large Southern cities such as Atlanta.

The NYIC shared a toolkit that helps immigrants understand their rights in general.

Community organizer Hilaria Martinez said her husband has been among those targeted, saying he was picked up by ICE agents when he went to his place of employment with his probation officer following a criminal charge that didn't require jail time. He told them county resources would not be used to aid federal enforcement of immigration laws.

Rapid response networks have formed throughout the country. "They said, 'We're not trying to come inside your house, we just want to speak with you.' And I said, 'No I'm not coming outside". Once people know their rights, they know they do not have to disclose their citizenship.

Cuccinelli characterized the raids as normal ICE business and pointed to statistics showing ICE has deported fewer people under President Donald Trump than it did under President Barack Obama. SAALT had said in the past that there were 630,000 undocumented Indians in the U.S. in 2017, a 72% increase over 2010.

At this point there hasn't been any word of immigration raids in Des Moines.

"No arrests were made to our knowledge", the office said in a statement.

Back in Houston, the raids in the El Paraiso Apartments Monday became the hot topic in town.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed reinforced the need for reliable information. Supporters in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen were posting "know your rights" fliers and encouraging residents to post the fliers, which say, "The family that resides in this home knows their legal rights", at their homes.

"It's very quiet. Let's hope it stays that way", said Jose Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, speaking to CNN Sunday afternoon.

Attorney Patrick Young wrote a series of highly-shared immigration guides for Long Island Wins, a non-profit promoting "practical immigration solutions that work for everyone".

The raids have been heavily criticized by Democratic lawmakers and some mayors who say they will not cooperate with the ICE.

Any enforcement actions reported this weekend were more similar to routine ICE arrests. "They know that they have the right to remain silent", Sicho-Lopez said.

The ICE has said it would target those who have been ordered by courts to leave the country.

The girl said the people left, and then she heard more knocking on the door at 5 a.m. Websites like ImmigrationLawHelp.org can help you look up organizations that provide free or low-priced legal aid to immigrants.

Conservative commentators have pressed for tougher action by Trump, pointing out that the Democratic administration of Barack Obama expelled 409,849 people in 2012, compared to the 256,085 expelled under Trump a year ago.

"There is a lack of sincerity about the immigration service and Homeland Security".

The saint, also called Mother Cabrini, is the patroness of immigrants and refugees. "RedadAlertas", created by a formerly undocumented immigrant, hosts crowdsourced data on ICE raids, checkpoints and other important events.

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