Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids are due to start tomorrow (Sunday 7/14) which means there will be a nationwide push to round-up, arrest and detain undocumented immigrants. Here is some useful information to make sure those people targeted know their rights. Please share …
The horrific conditions that migrants are being detained in should’ve shocked everyone enough, especially those in government power, to demand action to change the current administration’s immigration policy of family separation and incarceration in for-profit jails/centres. President Trump has ordered ICE raids in ten major cities around the United States that are due to start tomorrow (it’s speculated that the cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco – but check local news for updated information as some may be subject to change).
Follow ACLU’s social media to keep up-to-date with all the work they do and how the Constitution covers immigrants’ rights if ICE turn up at your home or work. All persons who reside in the USA have protections under the Constitution, and while undocumented migrants won’t have all the same rights as citizens (there are a few exemptions, like being able to vote) they do have the right to freedom of religion and speech as well as due process and equal protection under the law. Below is a video from We Have Rights about what do do if you are stopped and arrested by ICE on the street. They also have an emergency preparedness plan you can download and fill out so that all key information you’ll need (lawyers, doctors, etc) is in one place.
Another great resource called ‘Informed Immigrant’ has a database where you can enter your zipcode to find local service organizations that can help you, including lawyers and legal support (you can put this in your preparedness plan, for example). It’s important that anyone being questioned, detained or arrested by ICE remains calm, asks for a lawyer then remains silent.
If you’ve got any other useful resources or advice, please leave a comment.