Monday, September 16, 2019

Massive deportations across the country said to begin on Sunday

ICE agents will launch massive raids on Sunday targeting undocumented immigrants scheduled for deportation, The New York Times reported early today, in an operation that President Trump delayed weeks ago.

The ICE action had been set to take place in 10 major cities and target up to 2,000 immigrants, according to multiple reports. According to the Times, officials will try to hold detained family members at centers in Texas and Pennsylvania, adding that ICE wants to deport families as quickly as possible.

The newspaper added that other undocumented immigrants caught up in the raids could also be detained. Trump earlier this month said the raids would begin after the July 4 holiday.

The raids are the latest hard-line approach taken by the administration to deter migrants from making the journey from Central America to the U.S. Back in March, Trump threatened to close the southern border unless the flow of migrants was stemmed, eventually striking a deal with Mexico that the Department of Homeland Security has touted as lowering crossings.

Apprehensions dropped 28.5 percent between May and June, suggesting the deal had a major effect on Central American immigration. Critics, however, say the measures have done little to deter migrants and that the fall in apprehensions is mostly due to the rising heat in the summer months, when migrants are historically less likely to cross into the U.S.

In 2018, the overall apprehensions fell by 17 percent in June, a less significant drop. However, this June still had the most apprehensions since 2004.

⚠️If you see ICE actions in your local community, collect as many details and reach your local advocates. Remember to protect yourself and your family by knowing your rights and having an emergency plan.

Do not answer or open the door. Make sure your children do not open the door. If ICE says they have a warrant, ask to see it under a door or through a window, again don’t open the door. The warrant must have a name of a resident on it, and be signed by a judge. ICE will wave a paper at you. If that paper is not signed by a judge, it is worthless. BE POLITE, and tell them you know your rights.

If you are a passenger in a car, ICE can only ask for information about the driver. They do not have the right to question passengers. Passengers need to be silent, and not say anything. They do not have the right to search your car without a warrant.

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