According to to immigrant rights activists who claimed at least 134 people were detained after ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids across Southern California on Thursday. In Los Angeles people took the street to protests against the ICE raids. The raids took place just one day after Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was detained and deported to Mexico. The Immigrant Defense Project published an ICE raids toolkit.
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Activists claim these weren’t ordinary enforcement actions. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) said at least 134 people were detained in ICE sweeps throughout Los Angeles . The National Day Laborer Organizing Network also said it had “confirmed reports of ICE raids in Van Nuys, Downey, San Bernardino and other places,” and that “at least” 100 people had been detained.
Thursdays ICE operation in California are following Wednesdays ICE raids in Phoenix. After an ICE raid on Wednesday Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was detained and deported to Nogales, Mexico. Activists tried to stop the deportation with blockades but the ICE managed to break the blockades. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization in California, labeled Thursday President Trump’s immigration crackdown as dastardly and vowed to fight it along the way to prevent families from being torn apart.
CHIRLA stated: “If there was any hope left that President Trump and the Republican-led Congress would practice justice and fairness on immigration, that all vanished last night when a Phoenix, Arizona mother of two US-born children who has lived in the country without documentation for 21 years, was detained for deportation. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was granted Prosecutorial Discretion four years ago and has been checking in with ICE every year. Regardless of the fact Garcia de Rayos is accused of a minor offense more than a decade ago, President Trump’s revived “deportation force” yanked this long-time resident of the US from her family’s arms and plans to send her back to a country she barely even knows.”
ICE raids are nothing new. Under former President Barack Obama, who deported more immigrants than any of his predecessors, asylum-seekers from Central America were forcibly removed from their homes.
However, with Trump pledging to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, most of whom live in large urban areas that do not strictly enforce immigration laws, there is a fear among immigrant communities that uncooperative local police will be sidestepped in favor of increased federal enforcement actions. Resistance against the deportations will have to grow to be able to stop the raids and deportations.
The scale of Thursday’s raid is suggestive of a show of force — and potentially of what’s to come, given Trump’s issuance of an executive order on January 25 that declares “[s]anctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violated federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal,” causing “immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”
The Immigrant Defense Project published an ICE raids toolkit. The immigrant Defense Project writes: “Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests, the product of IDP’s and CCR’s collective work against ICE arrests under Bush and Obama, serves as the first comprehensive guide and organizing resource to fight back against the Trump administration’s efforts to criminalize communities and deport millions of people.” You will find the toolkit here.