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Recently the raids of undocumented criminals have started in cities across America. Many undocumented immigrants, without a criminal record, are wondering what they should do if an ICE agent comes to your door.
The sudden and unexpected deportation of the undocumented Mexican immigrant, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, sparked fears of immigrants across the country that President Donald Trump is beginning to fulfill his campaign promise to deport the largest number of immigrants that the United States has ever seen. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), deported Garcia de Rayos from Arizona to Mexico on Thursday, February 9th. The reason her case was so particular was mainly that she was what seemed like an average US citizen of the community as a mother of two and a hard worker. This sparked significant amount of fear throughout immigrants.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry warned Mexican citizens living in the United States to “take precautions.” They said in a statement on Friday “The case involving Mrs. Garcia de Rayos illustrates a new reality for the Mexican community living in the United States, facing the most severe implementation of immigration control measures,”. American immigrant advocates made similar statements and then began circulating fliers designed to inform the undocumented immigrants living in America their rights.
The law allows the federal government to deport certain immigrants, including:
The people the Trump Administration announced ICE with initially focus on deporting include:
ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, created the fliers to educate immigrants of their rights. United We Dream, which is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, also shared the fliers on their social media. The fliers were sent out to social media and are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean. The fliers instructed people in danger of deportation what to do if ICE agents came to their doors.
An ICE administrative warrant (form 1-200, 1-205) does not allow them to enter your home without consent.
Fight your case with a trustworthy immigration attorney or immigration lawyer. They will help you explore all your options to fight your case. The flier even reads “If detained, you may be able to get bail — don’t give up hope!”
After the news of the recent undocumented immigrant arrests, immigration advocates also resurfaced a rights flier and an ICE raids toolkit that was previously published by the Immigration Defense Project, which works for legal justice for immigrants in the United States.
Within the rights flier, it shows you how to defend yourself if an ICE agent approaches you on the street. When an ICE agent arrests someone in public, it typically happens quickly. They may call your name outlaid and asked you to confirm your name then detain you.
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