As the Trump administration escalates their anti-immigrant rhetoric and ICE prepares for massive raids, the 'Know Your Power' campaign by the United We Dream community has you covered.
On June 17, Trump tweeted that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States." Though officials in the Department of Homeland Security have denied that ICE will even be capable of doing anything so dramatic, the agency is nonetheless about to ramp up their actions against undocumented immigrants all over the country. More specifically, ICE would increase their efforts to deport migrants who either received an official deportation order, a final notice, or who missed their court hearing.
What's scary is that this includes entire families, signaling the agency is about to cave to pressure from the White House to raid homes as well as whole neighborhood deep inside U.S. territory.
But don't worry. There's plenty of support out there from several organizations committed to ensuring that the rights of all immigrants are respected, and that no abuses of power for the sake of politics take place. One such effort, the 'Know Your Power' campaign by the United We Dream (UWD) community, takes care to provide clear and accessible information to all immigrants about their rights and what they should do in case of ICE raids. Here are the key points.
United We Dream
The UWD organization is the largest immigrant youth-led community in America, and it's committed to ensuring the safety of immigrants across the country. From their official page:
"When you’re undocumented, you face a lot of discrimination, and that creates a lot of fear. At United We Dream, we transform that fear into finding your voice. We empower people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level."
As part of this effort, they created a series of flyers to let every migrant know how they should prepare and what they should do in case ICE goes after them. The first step is to prepare before any officers come looking for you, whether you're at home, at work, or in public. Next, you must know what to do and what not to do in case of a raid. Finally, you should record and report your interactions with the agency.
Below you'll find a summary of the most important bullet points as well as some of the flyers. You can find them all at the UWD official website in both Spanish and English.
- Create a support plan in advance with family, friends, and even co-workers/employer.
- Make sure your photos and videos are being constantly synced to Cloud or Drive services to upload any potential interaction with ICE.
- Keep a 'Know Your Rights' flyer handy.
- Find and join a local pro-immigrant group that can offer support in case you need it.
- Don't carry your passport around and don't provide a foreign ID—both can be used to unfairly deport you quicker.
- Do carry valid documentation relating to your immigration process. Don't forget a copy of your pending process.
- Keep calm.
- Always ask them to identify themselves.
- Provide your name only.
- Show them your valid documentation or copy of your pending process.
- Do not answer questions or give them information. You have a right to remain quiet. Use it.
- Do not lie.
- If officers enter your home without an invitation, clearly express that you do not give them permission to enter.
- Always ask for a warrant.
- Make sure you, your family, and friends record all their interactions with ICE.
- Don't sign anything and do not consent to being searched. Verbally say: "I do not consent to being searched."
- Don't share information about friends or family.
Record and report
- Ensure your audio recording is on, ready, and linked to a cloud service.
- Get precise information about the officer: their name, badge, and agency.
- Verbally say the date, time, and location of the event so that it's captured in the recording.
- Report the incident to the MigraWatch Hotline and send the recording or photos to [email protected]
Visit unitedwedream.org/knowyourpower to learn more.
Remember, every point in this list is legal. Do not act illegally to deal with these issues, or you might easily make matters worse for you and your loved ones. Take care, be safe, and good luck.