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Empowering Local Officials to Fight ICE Raids & Protect Communities

On June 1st the National Immigration Law Center co-hosted a briefing on increased law enforcement raids and how local elected officials have engaged in and can support efforts to protect immigrant communities. The webinar begins with overview from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) on the constantly shifting political landscape and on how distrust, fear and uncertainty fostered by raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has remained a steady force in immigrant communities.

The Immigrant Defense Project and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights further discuss the impacts of raids conducted in homes, the workplace or other spaces where there is an expectation of safety, which are often traumatic and can have a truly chilling effect on overall community engagement.

The webinar examined connections between law enforcement raids and police accountability, discussed common tactics used in ICE raids and potential legal challenges, and reviewed recent ICE raid operations targeting Central American families and youth.

Resources: What Local Leaders Can Do

  • Distribute Know Your Rights materials
  • Adopt/retain limited detainer policies to limit and/or publicly oppose PEP (i.e., Philadelphia and San Francisco)
  • Statements and opinion pieces condemning raids
  • Write a letter to DHS and the White House against deportations
  • School board resolutions (i.e., LA and San Francisco, CA; Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, MD; Durham, NC; and Arlington, VA)
  • Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators
  • Support individual case campaign advocacy
  • Support local agency policies: NYC Dept of Probation revised policies and protocols for non-mandatory ICE requests and due process protections for immigrants in jail

View the recording below.


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