President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would conduct weekend raids this Sunday to deport immigrants with outstanding orders to leave the country. Trump said the raids will target criminals, but immigration advocates say the agency is increasingly targeting families who have recently entered the country. The president did not not give a specific time for when the ICE operations would take place on Sunday.
Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among officials at his own immigration agency. The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include “collateral” deportations, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation. In those deportations, the authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.
When possible, family members who are arrested together will be held in family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. But because of space limitations, some might end up staying in hotel rooms until their travel documents can be prepared. ICE’s goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible. Targets will likely include immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court — but who remain in the country illegally. The operation is expected to take place in at least 10 major cities.
- Always have at least 2 close friends or relatives phone numbers memorized in case you need to call them if you are detained by ICE
- If you have children, have an emergency plan in place for their care should you be detained
- Do not willingly open the door if ICE comes to your home and don’t admit you know of anyone that they say they are looking for
- ICE is not allowed in your home without a warrant; And if they do present a warrant it needs to be signed by a Judge
- Always remain silent and remember you have the right to an attorney
- Don’t give ICE agents any information about yourself or others and remember never to sign anything without consulting an attorney first
- Try to Document the Raid as best as you can; Photos and Detailed Notes with names of the officers and their ID numbers, and how the events unfolded; The more details the better;
- You can fight your case
- You can report the incident online at http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/intake/