The rescheduled ICE operation is expected to take place on Sunday in at least 10 major U.S. cities, including here in Chicago. Local immigrant advocates have been working around the clock to inform undocumented immigrants of their rights. But how can they really prevent deportations?
“We’re going to do as much as we can. You know, the reality is our laws are written in certain ways. And, you know, we may not be able to just stop or help everybody, but we will fight like hell to make sure that we do.”
“Well, ultimately, we don’t know the scope of what ICE enforcement activity will look like. But we are prepared and ready to use our voices, to use our bodies, to use our constitutional rights to defend our community.”
There’s only so much planning local organizers can do. Still, they say informing at-risk immigrants about their rights and the limits of what ICE agents can do goes a long way.
“We’ve already gone out and knocked on thousands of doors and distributed to thousands of individuals information about their basic constitutional rights that we all have, regardless of our citizenship status. And we want people to know, one, they should not open the door to an ICE agent unless that ICE agent has a warrant signed by a judge, which most of the time, ICE does not. And we also want folks to know that if they see ICE in the community, or if ICE comes knocking on their door, they should call the deportation help hotline.”
One acute concern for organizers is the reported possibility of “collateral” deportations on Sunday. That’s when ICE agents arrest undocumented immigrants they encounter during raids even though they are not actual targets. These collateral arrests can be relatives of people targeted by ICE.
“Always ask to see the warrant. If you do see that it is valid, allow the person who is on the warrant to go outside, and then you know, make sure that the home stays closed off to the official to not come in. They do have the right to come into the home and to look for that person, which is why we want to make sure that that person exits the home in a manner that keeps everyone else safe.”
“What we’ve seen is that many times, what we’ll do is they’ll get to an apartment building. They don’t …read more
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