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If ICE Comes to Your Door: Know Your Rights

This past week marked the first large-scale enforcement of Trump’s Jan. 25 immigration enforcement executive orderGuadalupe Garcia de Rayos, an activist and mother who lived in the U.S. for 21 years, became one of the first people deported as a result of the order. Close to 700 undocumented people were detained. Raids happened in 11 states, with reports of ICE agents going door-to-door in predominantly Latino neighborhoods asking everyone present to show proof of legal status. In Charlotte, ICE officers were spotted arresting immigrants while children — many of whom are Latinx and/or from mixed status families — passed by in a school bus. And this is only the beginning: according to an analysis published by the Los Angeles Times, Trump’s administration could target as many as eight million undocumented immigrants. That’s five times the immigrants Obama prioritized for deportation.

Screen Shot 2017-02-13 at 5.42.32 PMIn response to these large-scale raids, United We Dream — a youth-led immigrant rights organization — has created Know Your Rights graphics in five languages. As the National Immigration Law Center reminds us, “everyone has certain rights, no matter who is president,” and these graphics make it easier for allies and activists to help spread that message. It’s simple: do not open doors, remain silent, do not sign, report and record, and fight back. While we cannot control when, where, or how raids happen, it’s important for everyone to know their rights.

Graphics in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic are available to download here. If you witness immigration agents near your area, report them to United We Dream’s Migra Watch hotline: 1-844-363-1423.

Header image via United We Dream.

Durham, NC

Barbara is a PhD student at The University of North Carolina. She writes about immigration, migrant activism and organizing, transnational social movements, & intersectional feminism.

Barbara writes for Latinxs, immigrants, and brown girls. She is not here for white tears, white feminism, or white guilt.

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