Sunday, September 14, 2008

Immigrants' Advocates Organize to Spot ICE Raids

Immigrants' advocacy groups around the country have organized to deal with the aftermath of ICE raids by providing legal aid, shelter and help for affected families, transport of families to detention centers and the like. They have also done some preparation for raids by asking local agencies to stock food and clothing and schooling possible detainees or their families on their rights. Now advocacy groups have turned to gathering intelligence on when and where ICE will raid. This information is used to alert the undocumented of possible raids. (See LA Times article.) So far the watch seems not to have been very effective. Groups had warnings beforehand of the raids in Postville, IA, and more recently in Laurel, MS, yet hundreds were arrested.

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