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    ‘Know your rights’: Chicago leaders, activists bracing for weekend ICE raids

    ‘Know your rights’: Chicago leaders, activists bracing for weekend ICE raids


    Chicago leaders, activists bracing for weekend ICE raids


    CHICAGO — Weeks ago, President Donald Trump warned that ICE agents were preparing for raids across the county. Those raids were postponed, but the president has confirmed they will begin this weekend.
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids start Sunday, and the order is to remove people who are in the United States illegally. Chicago is one of the many big cities on the target list.
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city and state leaders have been bracing for ICE. The mayor said the raids are going to be incredibly traumatizing experiences for people.
    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin spoke Friday about the issue during a press conference, following a meeting with "Communities United."
    Durbin said when Trump announced mass arrests and deportations, he set fear for many across the country.
    "Why have we reached this point in the United State of America? When these people, who are simply asking for a chance to lead good lives — not to break the law —but to lead good lives and be part of America's future, and give their children a chance," Durbin said. "They're asking for the same thing that my grandmother and mother asked for when they were immigrants of this country."
    Back in April, Durbin visited the Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, and a nearby Border Patrol Station. In May, he and other senators called on the Red Cross and Homeland Security to investigate those facilities.
    The Homeland Security Inspector General later released two critical reports.
    In a statement, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, "In Illinois, we welcome and protect them, despite threats from President Trump."
    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said he is urging every immigrant to know their rights.
    "...the first one being that you do not have to open your door to immigration agents," he said.
    Lightfoot announced Friday a new executive action to protect immigrants including investing another $250,000 into Chicago’s Legal Protection Fund, providing guidance to city-owned facilities and terminating ICE’s access to police databases.
    The mayor also said she’ll be out during the weekend trying to keep the immigrant community calm.
    "The people I want to reach are the people who are afraid to leave their homes. The people who are afraid to go out to shop, to go to the doctor," she said. "We have obviously cut ICE off from access to any of our databases and that’s going to continue in perpetuity."
    Laura Mendoza, with Resurrection Project, said it's great to hear that local leaders are taking action.
    Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx, who called the Trump administration raids “fear-mongering,” announced she has hired the office’s first Immigration Policy and Legal Advisor.
    Ruth Lopez McCarthy, managing attorney with the National Immigrant Justice Center, is reminding people of their rights if confronted by an ICE agent.
    Your rights are:

    • To remain silent
    • To be represented by an attorney
    • To not sign any documents you do not understand
    • To not open the door, unless officers have a warrant
    • If your vehicle is stopped, only the driver needs to present identification — passengers do not

    McCarthy says support teams and attorneys are available to those in need by calling: 1-855-435-7693
    For more information, visit


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    'Know your rights': Immigration advocates, attorneys ramp up efforts ahead of planned mass ICE raids

    “People should understand that they have rights regardless of their immigration status,” one lawyer said.

    Immigration enforcement operation to begin this weekend

    JULY 11, 201901:21

    July 11, 2019, 3:40 PM CDT / Updated July 11, 2019, 4:43 PM CDT
    By Daniella Silva
    Immigration advocates and lawyers have ramped up efforts to combat widespread raids threatened by the Trump administrationby sharing information with immigrant communities about their rights.
    The raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement scheduled to begin Sunday are set to target about 2,000 undocumented families in major cities across the United States, officials told NBC News. The raids were originally planned to take place three weeks ago but were postponed.

    Many advocacy groups and some Democratic lawmakers have responded by sharing information, both in person and on social media, to immigrants in multiple languages, informing them of their rights and what to expect should the raids be carried about.
    “People should understand that they have rights regardless of their immigration status,” Lee Gelernt, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, said.
    The material includes videos and social media toolkits covering what to do if an ICE agent shows up at their homes.

    ICE raids on undocumented immigrants set to start Sunday in 10 cities

    JULY 11, 201903:19

    “They do not need do let an ICE agent into their home unless there’s a judicial warrant and rarely does ICE have a judicial warrant,” Gelernt said, adding that ICE usually has its own administrative warrants.
    “We’re very concerned about how the raids will be carried out,” he said, adding the ACLU was talking to other groups and private law firms about monitoring the raids “to make sure excessive force is not being used or they’re not being conducted unconstitutionally. Families could be separated.”
    The ACLU is also part of a pre-emptive lawsuit filed Thursday in New York in response to the planned raids. The lawsuit argued that “constitutional due process requires the government to bring these families and children before an immigration judge so they can have a fair day in court before they face deportation,” according to a statement from the New York Civil Liberties Union.
    The lawsuit is asking for families ordered deported because they did not appear in court to be given a hearing before an immigration judge to determine if their order of removal should be rescinded. The suit said error and "widespread failures" in notifying families of their court dates could have contributed to their absence in court. Such errors include notices to appear in court sent to wrong addresses or receiving a notice just before a hearing or even after a hearing has taken place, the lawsuit said.
    “The Trump administration’s threats against immigrants run roughshod over basic fairness and due process,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said in the statement. “For the many families who came here as refugees fleeing violence, deportation is a death threat. We will fight to ensure no one faces this kind of peril without having their case considered in court.”

    Bill de Blasio speaks potential ICE raids

    JULY 11, 201911:17

    New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio said on MSNBC Thursday that he wanted “to get the truth out to people” regarding the potential raids. He said New Yorkers could call 311 to find out information about their rights.
    “We tell people their rights, we protect them,” he said, adding that the city also provides legal assistance to families who may be impacted by the raids.
    “First it starts with trying to take away the fear and say we have your back, we’re going to give you real information,” he said. “Don’t believe the rumors, call a specific hotline, find out what’s really going on.”
    Melissa Chua, associate director of immigrant protection at the New York Legal Assistance Group, said the group was handing out informational flyers and will be targeting families with outstanding orders of removal, which will reportedly be targeted in the raids.
    “We’re reaching out to any families in the area that we know may be at risk,” she said.


    Thousands to be targeted in immigration raids set for Sunday

    Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is hosting a town hall with Democratic presidential candidates in Milwaukee said Thursday the 90-year-old Latino civil rights group will have legal teams in place in various locations to help people who may be arrested in the raids.


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    Meanwhile, other groups shared resources for lawyers looking to help immigrants who might be affected by the raids and lists of local raid response hotlines for the cities that may be targeted.
    The cities that were previously named as targets of the raids were Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, but a source told NBC News that two of those cities may change.
    Last month, President Donald Trump tweeted that ICE would soon deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants.
    Trump later said he would delay the mass raids “at the request of Democrats” so that Congress could work out a compromise to an immigration policy, a deal that has so far eluded Trump. Officials told NBC News the delay was due in part because details of the plan had leaked to the media.
    Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said on FOX Business Network Thursday “the men and women of ICE are committed to doing their job” and that it was “really unfortunate that we’ve reached the point where them going about their business” is “somehow news.”
    An ICE spokesperson said in a statement that "due to law enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security" of its personnel, it would not offer specific details on enforcement operations.
    "As always, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," ICE said in the statement.
    "However, all of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and — if found removable by final order — removal from the United States," the spokesperson said.
    Meanwhile, prominent Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have lambasted the planned raids and shared information from advocacy organizations about immigrant rights.
    Pelosi read from a “know your rights” flyer at her weekly press conference Thursday and said she was going to ask religious leaders to appeal to Trump to stop the raids.
    “Every person in America has rights,” she said. “These families are hardworking members of our communities in our country, this brutal action will terrorize children and tear families apart.”

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