ICE Agents to Begin “Immigration Raids” in 10 US Cities Starting Sunday
— United States
ICE Agents (Immigrants and Custom Enforcements) in the United States are getting ready to do “Immigration Raids” on illegal families in ten cities across the United States starting on Sunday with some cities here on the west coast. The Immigration Enforcements Agency is expected to arrest 2,040 undocumented immigrants.
The first announcement came from President Trump’s twitter feed as he directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday.
With cities here on the west coast being affected, The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement Friday saying LAPD is aware of upcoming ICE actions “beginning this Sunday,” that would be directed toward individuals who have been issued final deportation orders, and LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters Friday that ICE has 140 targets in the area.
New York Attorney General Letitia James assailed Trump’s plan for mass deportation raids, saying that the president’s “use of migrant families and asylum seekers as political punching bags is a despicable act of racism and xenophobia that is antithetical to our basic human values.”
Just recently this year two ICE arrests have made national media attention in the Moses Lake area with one at the Grant County Municipal Court House near REC and another one just outside of the Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata both in plain clothes. ICE officials in Washington haven’t stated if they will perform the arrests in marked uniforms or in plain attire.
ICE and Border Patrol Agents In Eastern Washington have been seen outside of the 100 Mile air zone it has brought up concerns to local residents with the Moses Lake area being 160 miles from the closest international border this one being the Canadian border.
However Border Patrol have the authority to conduct searches and make arrests far from the border so long as they have probable cause and experts say ICE can decide who it is targeting any number of ways, including through cooperation with police, FBI databases and court schedules that are publicly available at some courthouses. There have even been reports of prosecutors turning people over to immigration authorities and officers eavesdropping on conversations between an attorney and a client.
As news of the raids reached the Democratic-run cities on the ICE list, some local and state officials blasted the Trump Administration and said that they would not provide police support.
What if ICE shows up at your door?
While the main west coast cities in effect are Los Angeles and San Francisco, many county supervisors, and local government officials have been posting about what rights a person being approached by anmany ICE AGENTS have.
Just recently Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl posted on Facebook that residents know their rights. ”If ICE Agents show up at your door know your rights, being prepared, and having the right plan for you and your family can help you respond to an immigration emergency," she posted.
-RIGHT TO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR unless the immigration agent knocking has a warrant to enter that is signed by a judge or magistrate and has your name on it.
-RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT and not answer questions from immigration agents.
-RIGHT NOT TO SIGN ANY PAPERS without first talking to an attorney.
-RIGHT TO TALK TO AN ATTORNEY at your own expense.
-IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME: Ask the immigration agent if you are free to go. If they say yes, leave peacefully. If they say no, ask to call your attorney.