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US'State of alarm': Major cities prepare for ICE raids, more family separations

21:38  12 july  2019
21:38  12 july  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Chicago mayor blocks ICE access to police databases ahead of raids

Chicago mayor blocks ICE access to police databases ahead of raids Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) moved this week to block Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials' access to the city's police databases following news of possible raids in Chicago and other major U.S. cities. Lightfoot said Wedneday that the city has taken steps to ensure that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) will not cooperate with ICE ahead of sweeps that are expected to begin Sunday. "They will not team up with ICE to detain any resident.

The “ family op,” as it is referred to at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, is slated to target up to 2,000 families in as many as 10 U.S. cities , including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other major immigration destinations, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled The operation is expected to take place in at least 10 major cities . The families being targeted In February, many of those immigrants were given notice to report to an ICE office and leave the United

'State of alarm': Major cities prepare for ICE raids, more family separations© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. AP Domestic House leaders clash over looming immigration raids House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican leader Kevin McCarthy clashed Thursday over a planned nationwide immigration enforcement operation expected to begin this weekend targeting people who are in the United States illegally. (July 11)

DENVER – Fear and anxiety spread through immigrant communities nationwide over anticipated federal raids aimed at detaining and deporting thousands of people accused of remaining illegally within the United States.

Thousands protest ICE across cities targeted for weekend raids

Thousands protest ICE across cities targeted for weekend raids Thousands of protesters kicked off the weekend ahead of threatened ICE raids with vigils, marches and rallies across the U.S. On Friday, crowds rallied from New York to Colorado to California to protest the proposed mass roundup and detention of undocumented immigrants that President Donald Trump announced would commence over the weekend. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

ICE has been preparing agents and equipment for the operation ICE agents have limited intelligence on the locations of the families with court-ordered deportations beyond their last known addresses. The Department of Justice fast-tracked the cases of thousands of families in major cities , obtaining

Raids ordered by Trump will reportedly target more than 2,000 migrants who received letters ordering them to appear in court. Sandra Cordero, director of Families Belong Together, a coalition fighting family separations , said in a statement the potential raids are “a disgusting political ploy to stoke

Immigration reform advocates said that communities around Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco were being targeted by raids expected to start Sunday and last through at least Thursday.

“It’s almost like getting ready for a hurricane – it’s that state of alarm that people are feeling,” said Melissa Taveras of the Miami-based Florida Immigrant Coalition. “People are asking, ‘Is it OK for us to go work? Is it OK to take our kids to school?’”

The raids are different from routine Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions, and advocates for immigrant communities say the raids appear designed to sow terror and discord among the approximately 2,000 families expected to be targeted, especially in light of news reports of some detainees dying in custody.

Former ICE chief says raids announced for political gain, endangering migrants, agents

Former ICE chief says raids announced for political gain, endangering migrants, agents "I think it's frankly inexcusable to promote this operation before it happens," said John Sandweg, former acting director of the agency.

‘ More than anything, it’s just really exhausting’: Threat of ICE raids sparks fear, activism in Bay At least 10 cities are expected to be targeted, including San Francisco. A spokesperson for ICE ’s San Activist groups also have been urging undocumented people to make sure a friend or family member

Fearing the worst, families prepare for ICE … Share this Amid ICE sweeps across the Bay Area and a war raging between federal immigration officials and California leaders determined to protect their residents, Rico and about 30 other South Bay residents gathered at the immigrant rights organization

“It terrorizes the community,” said Milli Atkinson, legal director of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense collaborative in San Francisco. “It’s really going to impact our community to see that happen, because with any detention they’re separating the men and the women and the children.”

The Trump administration argues the nation's immigration laws have long been ignored, and that tougher enforcement is necessary because Congress has failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"Democrats must change the Loophole & Asylum Laws - but they probably won’t!" Trump tweeted Saturday. "They want Open Borders, which means massive crime and drugs!"

In Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock said city police officers would avoid helping ICE agents but said city human service workers were on alert to assist any minor children left behind if their parents are arrested.

Bill de Blasio on ICE raids: NYC mayor calls for path to citizenship

Bill de Blasio on ICE raids: NYC mayor calls for path to citizenship New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the US in response to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that are expected to happen Sunday in major cities across the country. "Let's do comprehensive immigration reform, let's have a path to citizenship for 11 or 12 million people who have been here," de Blasio, a Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper.

Officials say raids intended to target as many as 2,000 families in Houston, Chicago US immigration officers are preparing to launch a wave of raids targeting migrant families in major US cities . More information is coming out about the immigration raids expected to begin on Sunday in major US cities .

Deportation raids are not uncommon. ICE will often approach undocumented immigrants in their home But the scale of the raids that were expected to begin on Sunday was much greater The raids also drew condemnation because ICE agents planned to specifically target adults with children

In many cases, immigrants who lack legal permission to remain in the United States have minor children who are U.S. citizens. That puts officials in liberal cities like Denver or San Francisco in the tough position of opposing the ICE raids themselves but still having to manage the consequences.

"We're not going to put children in cages or leave them in inhumane conditions," Hancock said during a call with reporters on Friday morning. "Our job is to help those families as best we can."

Immigrant advocates say many of the people expected to be targeted in the raids have been issued a "final order of removal" but were never told when or where that previous hearing was taking place, and thus never attended.

In Houston, a city of 1.6 million immigrants and more than 500,000 undocumented immigrants, the phone at FIEL Houston, an immigrants’ rights group, has been ringing non-stop and five forums the group organized since the raids’ announcement have been standing-room only, said Cesar Espinosa, FIEL’s executive director.

'State of alarm': Major cities prepare for ICE raids, more family separations© Smiley N. Pool, AP FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, a couple who did not want to give their names embrace outside CVE Group as a bus from LaSalle Corrections Transport departs the facility in Allen, Texas. Immigrant families and advocates are warning about planned arrests around the country by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“There’s a lot of tension in the community right now,” he said.

ICE has begun raids to round up undocumented immigrants, official says

ICE has begun raids to round up undocumented immigrants, official says Immigration authorities have begun conducting raids, a senior administration official said Sunday, in an operation expected to target about 2,000 undocumented immigrants ordered by courts to be removed from the country. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The raids, which will focus on recent arrivals to the country, are slated for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco, a senior immigration official said.

Now ICE is ready to fulfill them. Soon, the raids could be happening in cities across the country The targets of these raids , according to reports, include families who recently arrived crossing the Be prepared . If a member of your family is arrested or deported, take immediate action to know where

Castro: ICE raids represent second " family separation " policy. Castro: ICE raids represent second " family separation " policy. On Sunday, immigration authorities are expected to begin a new wave of roundups targeting undocumented families in several major U.S. cities .

FIEL created a “rapid-response network,” enlisting around 80 community members throughout the city who will alert the group if and when a raid is happening. The goal is to get to the scene of the raid as it’s happening, document the procedure and advise the targeted immigrants of their rights, Espinosa said. One of their biggest concerns is that undocumented immigrants who are not the target of the raids get swept up in the operations, he said.

“We hope nothing happens,” Espinosa said. “But if something does happen, we’re preparing our community to be ready to react.”

Elsewhere, advocates were preparing fliers and staffing hotlines to alert immigrant communities of their rights, including requiring a judicial warrant to enter a private home. Advocates said ICE agents working routine removal cases usually stake out their targets' homes and wait for them to leave for work, and that Sunday operations would be highly unusual.

“Sometimes with this administration, there’s so many attacks that [undocumented migrants] feel like there’s no recourse," said Shannon Camacho of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. "Don’t open your door. Remain silent. They don’t have to offer any information to ICE, and ICE can’t enter their homes unless they have a judicial warrant, signed by a judge. The vast majority of the time, they don’t have those warrants."

Trump admin officials defend ICE raids, but remain mum on details

Trump admin officials defend ICE raids, but remain mum on details "The priority remains for ICE to get at criminals," Cuccinelli said. Acting ICE chief Matt Albence and White House aide Kellyanne Conway also spoke Sunday about the expected raids.

Friendly reminder: Obama deported many more illegals than Trump and he did so by separating families and The operation is expected to take place in at least 10 major cities . If undocumented parents are found to have children who are United States citizens, for example, ICE agents will need

Several leaders of major U.S. cities have reacted to reports of planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids , and they say they will not cooperate Mark Morgan, the acting director of ICE , told reporters that the raids would target families that have received a deportation order. "If you're here

In New York City, the New Sanctuary Coalition’s New York branch and the New York Immigration Coalition planned a rally for Friday night, against both the southern border detention camps and the expected ICE raids.

“While maybe the scale of what ICE will be doing this weekend will be more than what they actually do at any one time … the reality is that immigrant communities have been living under this kind of fear for the last two-and-a-half years,” said Anu Joshi, senior director of immigrant rights policy for the New York Immigration Coalition.

The coalition, representing more than 200 member organizations across New York State, has joined with local organizations in “constant” know-your-rights training classes for immigrant communities and other instructional services.

'State of alarm': Major cities prepare for ICE raids, more family separations© Lynne Sladky, AP Protesters hold an inflatable doll in the likeness of President Donald Trump outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Homestead, Fla. A coalition of religious groups and immigrant advocates said they want the Homestead detention center closed. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“It’s not just during the raids that people need to know their rights,” said Joshi. “For the last two-and-a-half years ICE has been indiscriminately going in and targeting people.”

Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, condemned the anticipated raids during a Friday morning interview with NY1, the city’s 24-hour cable news channel.

ICE raids across major US cities fall short of expectations but fear remains

ICE raids across major US cities fall short of expectations but fear remains Major cities around the country are bracing for raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on thousands of undocumented immigrants.

ICE has been preparing agents and equipment for the operation, which is expected to unfold across several days starting Sunday morning, the officials The Department of Justice fast-tracked the cases of thousands of families in major cities , obtaining "in absentia" deportation orders for thousands of

Democratic city officials, who had spoken out strongly against the tactic and launched efforts to aid But members of the influential Congressional Hispanic Caucus already had been pushing for more Trump’s decision to postpone the “ family op” also eased growing tensions within Department of

“You have to call it what it is, and say clearly that this is deplorable and cruel,” said Mostofi. “You are talking about instilling fear and chilling people who in some cases have been here for decades, and others who have U.S. citizen families and children. It is a moment in time for us, certainly as a city and community members, to ensure we are empowering our communities, making sure you know you have rights regardless of your immigration status, and that you can access free and safe legal support that the city has funded.”

Many large U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle and Miami, have declared themselves "sanctuaries" for undocumented immigrants, and adopted policies barring local government workers from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Federal raids risk severing the carefully built bonds between local police and immigrant communities, Hancock said, making it less likely that undocumented immigrants would ask for help or testify in court against violent criminals.

"No one wants to call the police or call local officials if they know that all of their information is going to be shared with federal agents," said Armando Carmona, a spokesman for the Central American Resource Center and other Los Angeles-area Latinx advocacy organizations. "Many households where undocumented folks live are mixed status, so it's a lot more nuanced that just undocumented folks."

Contributing: Rick Jervis in Houston, Elizabeth Weise in San Francisco, Kevin McCoy in New York City, Jared Weber in Los Angeles and Alan Gomez in Miami.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'State of alarm': Major cities prepare for ICE raids, more family separations

Major ICE raids didn't materialize over the weekend, advocates say.
Immigrant rights advocates across the United States told CNN they saw few signs over the weekend of the ICE raids that Trump administration officials had warned would begin Sunday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "It's very quiet. Let's hope it stays that way," said Jose Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, speaking to CNN Sunday afternoon.

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