With the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump vindicated the fear and anxiety incited by his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric—signing an executive order enhancing immigration enforcement and deportation. As a result, there have been reports of multiple U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids across the country, which netted the arrest of more than 680 immigrants in one week, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
However, whatever the executive order, this is America, which means we still have the Constitution and the people still have rights. Everyone should know your rights and should know what to do if immigration officers are at your door.
If officers are at your door (courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union):
Remember an ICE administrative warrant (Form I-200, I-205) does not allow officers to enter your home.
If officers force their way in, don’t resist and tell everyone in the residence to remain silent.
If you are arrested, remain silent.
Do not sign anything until you speak to a lawyer.
The Immigrant Defense Project advises undocumented immigrants to have a plan in place for if they or a family member is arrested. Organize all important documents (passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates and medical records) and store in a secure location. “It is important that neither you nor your family members give ICE your passport,” the organization said.
When dealing with ICE agents, make sure to report and record everything that happens, unless you are on federal government property. “Take notes of badge numbers, number of agents, time, type of car and exactly what happened!” Cases have been known to be dismissed when there was enough documentation to prove that ICE officers acted outside of the law.
Clearly, the Trump administration is making good on their promise to target immigrants. This is not just about “criminal” immigrants; in a meeting with members of Congress, ICE officials acknowledged that at least 186 of those apprehended had no criminal history. Further, there have been reports of some of the most vulnerable being targeted.
In El Paso, ICE agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her—she left under arrest. In Alexandria, Virginia, two men leaving a homeless shelter at the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church, were met by ICE agents.
Now, the Associated Press reports that President Trump considered using as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants, which would be an unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement.
We must stand together and protect each other. No one should be ripped away from their family for the ‘crime’ of wanting to work, study and participate in our great democracy. Sign our petition and tell President Trump, “NO!” to these draconian immigration policies. #NoBanNoWall
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