URGENT: On June 18, President Trump made a statement about potential large scale deportation raids in the coming months. It is important to stay informed, remain calm, and stay empowered by knowing your rights. Informed Immigrant has gathered information from press reports, including the Washington Post, and advocates of what may come. We wanted to share what we know with the community immediately.
1. These raids were expected to start as early as [6/23], but have been temporarily delayed for two weeks.
2. ICE is expected to begin enforcement actions, targeting workplaces and home raids targeting families who arrived recently, it is believed from Central America, and who have final orders of removal. In particular, they plan to target families who were not physically present at their court dates and received these final orders in their absence. It is believed to be about 2,000 families in total.
3. The raids could begin pre-dawn and are expected to happen over a few days.
These 8-10 cities are rumored to be targeted by raids:
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
These locations are unconfirmed. If you, a loved one or someone you know may fit this description, remain calm, be on alert and be prepared. Here is how to protect yourself and loved ones:
1. You don't have to open the door if an ICE agent comes to your home. ICE is only allowed to enter your home if they have a valid judicial search or arrest warrant with your correct name and/or address, signed by a judge, not an immigration official.
2. You have the right to remain silent and don't have to answer any questions, do not sign anything without a lawyer present, and contact a lawyer immediately.
3. You can find a trusted immigration lawyer through our legal services organization tool.
Remember — everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your immigration status. Visit our How to Prepare for A Raid guide to learn your rights inside your home, how to prepare your family, and how to prepare for an immigration raid.
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