Recent declarations by the Administration state that they will launch a series of immigration raids, most likely after the July 4th holiday.
The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency claimed that he would follow through with plans to send agents into communities, collecting and deporting undocumented families in the latest attempt to deter large-scale migration through the southwest border.
The targeted operation is expected to occur over the course of multiple days, and aim appears to include families who have entered the country and either failed to show up for immigration court or defied orders of deportation, but could include others.
The Administration claims that the raids will target “a large number of people”, and expected to start in 10 major U.S. cities. There are also preparations being put in place for mixed-immigration status families: for example, if a parent is undocumented, but has a US citizen child.
Many families and individuals who have arrived in recent years have already found jobs, enrolled their children in school, and become a part of local communities. The prospect of these door-to-door raids, now widely publicized on many Spanish-language media outlets, is causing concern.
Many lawyers, immigrant advocates, politicians, and causes said they are mobilizing to advise undocumented clients to “Know Your Rights” if they encounter immigration agents in a raid.
One such effort is the American Civil Liberties know-your-rights tool, which guides readers through a variety of scenarios, such as “Police or ICE are at my home” or “Law enforcement asks about my immigration status.”, and provides additional resources and links.
With these recent developments, it is more important than ever to know your rights and become adequately represented. If you or your family feel threatened or want to prepare for these possible raids, please contact Roberson Law, LLC today.