Nationwide ICE Raids Delayed
President Trump announced on Twitter last Saturday afternoon that he would call for a delay in ICE arrests and deportations of the undocumented. Trump stated,
“at the request of Democrats, I have delayed the [deportation process] for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!”
The President’s tweet came after an announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) stating that it would be targeting undocumented immigrants, focusing on undocumented families and individuals who had previously been ordered deported from the United States.
ICE’s plans to arrest and detain undocumented immigrants involved in ten major cities with plans to initiate the enforcement last weekend. Sources close to Democrats claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with President Trump Saturday afternoon to negotiate a temporary suspension of ICE’s plans. The discussion took place at 7:20 p.m. ET Friday night, according to the source. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere informed media sources that a phone conversation took place Friday night between Trump and Pelosi.
The news came as a welcomed surprise to undocumented immigrants and immigrant rights advocates. In Chicago, local politicians began preparing residents for a potential slew of raids. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Tribune that she had “personally spoken with ICE leadership in Chicago” and stated her “strong objection to any such raids.”
We respectfully remind you that, regardless of your immigration status, you have rights. If you are ever the target of an ICE encounter, the first thing to do is remain calm. Next, if an ICE officer asks to speak to you or enter your home, kindly ask for a warrant. The warrant must be signed by a judge. Sometimes an ICE officer will claim they have a warrant or something similar in authority, so it is important to ask the officer to review the document they claim authorizes them to speak to you or enter your home. Follow up by respectfully asking the officer to leave, and explain that you do not wish to speak to them if you do not feel comfortable doing so. Explain that you would like to speak to a lawyer if you wish to do so. These rights are protected by and given to you by the United States Constitution.
Are you or a loved one worried about what actions ICE may take in the next coming weeks? Is a loved one currently in ICE custody? Contact Ibrahim Law Office, an immigration law firm, to consult with us about these and other immigration-related matters today.