Earlier this week, President Trump made a statement about potential large-scale deportation raids happening in the coming months. Recent reports suggests U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to begin targeting immigrant families for raids, deportation, and family separation as early as this Sunday morning, before dawn.
We cannot stop these cruel and unnecessary actions, but we can take action to protect and support the immigrant families and communities who are at greatest risk. It is important to stay informed, remain calm, and know your rights.
Remember: Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of their immigration status. If you and your loved ones find yourselves affected by a raid, you can protect yourselves. Here are four key steps to remember (from the Immigration Legal Resource Center’s Red Card):
- YOU DO NOT HAVE TO OPEN THE DOOR if an immigration agent is knocking on the door. If they have a judicial warrant to enter, they will not need your permission.
- YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS from an immigration agent if they try to talk to you. You have the right to remain silent. If you do answer, do not lie.
- DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING without first speaking to a lawyer. You have the right to speak with a lawyer.
- If you are outside of your home, ask the agent if you are free to leave and if they say yes, leave calmly.
Please read the additional information (compiled by Emerson Collective) and share with your personal networks.
Know Your Rights & Ensure Others Know Theirs:
These ACLU videos clearly break down how to prepare in case of an ICE arrival.
From the Immigrant Resource Law Center:
Language-specific know-your-rights handout to help families prepare for a possible interaction with ICE
Printable red cards in eight languages to distribute to community members
A family preparedness plan in English, Spanish, and Chinese
A train-the-trainer toolkit on holding a Know-Your-Rights presentation in your community
Host community screenings of Know-Your-Rights tutorial videos from the National Lawyers’ Guild, both in English and in Spanish.
Be an Ally in Action:
The deportation defense hotline from United We Dream is 1-844-363-1423 – use it if you witness an I.C.E. Raid or any other immigrationactivity in your community.
Volunteer legal services with We The Action, a digital platform that makes it easy for lawyers to find and volunteer for critical, impactful, and urgent legal needs. Lawyers can sign up to access projects hereand nonprofits who need lawyers can sign up here.
Call on your Senators and Representatives to restrict funding to Border Patrol and ICE, which were responsible for family separation, the recent deaths of children in custody, and are now planning to terrorize families and communities across the country with raids. Dial 1-202-224-3121 to be connected now.
Support Organizations Doing Critical Work at the Border:
Click here to find a list of organizations providing assistance and legal aid to immigrant families at the border. Learn about groups such as Al Otro Lado, Justice in Motion and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, who are on the front lines in reuniting families, providing legal representation, and advocating for policies to support immigrantcommunities.
Connect with and support your local and regional non-profit legal services providers across the country.
Thank you for standing up for immigrants and their families today.