Latest Updates: August 9, 2019
Update: ICE Raids (July 15, 2019)
Several media outlets have reported that the Trump administration is planning to launch a series of raids starting this Sunday (July 14) to Thursday (July 18, 2019). The media reports that immigration raids will hit multiple cities, more than the ones that were initially reported to be targeted including the following cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. They are targeting immigrants with final orders and unaccompanied children who have “aged out”. They have expanded their targets and this would increase the possibility of arresting ‘collateral’ individuals, leading to ICE arresting individuals they encounter who may not have legal status. Although Iowa cities have not been identified as target cities, we know that ICE actions continue to take place and it may even ramp up during this period. We encourage all communities and our faith communities to do what we can to provide resources and comfort for those that may be impacted by these ICE actions/raids. We understand this alarming news continues to stoke fear and anxiety among our immigrant communities across this state. We will partner with allies to help families understand their rights and provide important information so they are prepared.
It is a delicate balance in making sure accurate information is shared but at the same time we do not inadvertently increase the fear already felt but rather to ask people to take appropriate action. Now is the time to put these plans into action; below are concrete you and your community members can do to help.
- Save the Iowa ICE Raid reporting hotline (515-996-0003) to your phone and share with community members.
- Review and share Know Your Rights resources at https://cliniclegal.org/resources/know-your-rights or https://www.aila.org/raids
- Urge people to have family preparedness plans in place.
- Meet with your local Community Response Team (or reach out for help forming one if you don’t have one near you) and review plans.
- Contact us if you need training on Know Your Rights.
- Consider doing targeted door knocking to hand out Know Your Rights info to neighbors. Door hangers here (English & Spanish)
- Call your Sheriff, Chief of Police and other local leaders to urge them not to participate in raids or cooperate with ICE in sharing information. Sample script here.
Catholic Charities’ immigration attorneys provide affordable legal services to help reunite families by assisting them in navigating the immigration system and advocating on their behalf. We assist with paperwork for green card and citizenship applications, family and visitor visas, deferred action for childhood arrivals, temporary protected status, violence against women act, and other family-based immigration legal services.
Catholic Charities’ Immigration Attorneys provide FREE legal consultations and presentations. For more information, call (319) 364-7121.
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