Deportation raids continue… What are your rights?

As part of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have led a nationwide enforcement initiative that have resulted in the detention of more than 200 undocumented individuals (especially in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina). This new initiative requires the identification, arrest and removal of undocumented immigrants with prior order of removal or deportation, and the focus of these operations has fallen on the 2014 wave of immigrants, including families and unaccompanied children from Central America. 

This card made by the Immigration Legal Resource Center.

This card was made by the Immigration Legal Resource Center.

The detention and deportation of undocumented individuals has affected, and continues to affect, the lives of many immigrants and their families, creating a sense of fear in the immigrant community. Due to the increasing number of raids and deportations, many immigration advocacy groups, organizations, and leaders, have been fighting to stop the raids and to help inform individuals about their rights. Through the spreading of information, organizations hope to help undocumented immigrants become aware of their rights when an operation takes place. The sample card (on the right) contains information about the constitutional rights that, legal or illegal, individuals hold based on the 4th and 5th Amendments of the Constitution. This card can be given to the agents performing the operations and can help spread awareness to those that do not understand their rights when raids, or other operations, take place.

For more information check out this Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/pre-dawn-raids-leave-us-immigrant-communities-paralyzed-with-fear/2016/01/08/5bdf664c-b412-11e5-a76a-0b5145e8679a_story.html