Immigration: DHS Enforcement Actions 2016 (Raids)

Elizabeth Telez, right, and her daughter Guadalupe listen to an informational community meeting concerning the illegal immigration raid that targeted one of the Swift and Co. plants earlier in the week in Marshalltown, Iowa, Friday, Dec. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)

Elizabeth Telez, right, and her daughter Guadalupe listen to an informational community meeting concerning the illegal immigration raid that targeted one of the Swift and Co. plants earlier in the week in Marshalltown, Iowa, Friday, Dec. 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)

Know Your Rights

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is providing this information in response to news of possible DHS enforcement actions for May and June 2016.

DHS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS INFORMATION:

Official Statement from Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE):

“As we have stated repeatedly, the Department of Homeland Security must enforce the law consistent with our enforcement priorities. Our highest priority is public safety and border security. More specifically, the enforcement priorities DHS announced in November 2014 include the removal of convicted criminals and others who constitute threats to public safety and national security, as well as recent border crossers. To promote and protect border security, our priorities include those apprehended crossing the border illegally after January 1, 2014. This includes single adults, as well as adults who bring their children with them.” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-deportation-idUSKCN0Y429P

PRIORITIES FOR DHS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS: Per news outlets and from ICE’s statement above, the following are the individuals who fall under this priority list.

-Individuals who have entered the United States unlawfully after January 1, 2014 (including women and children, 18 years or older from Central America); or

-Individuals who are at least 18 years old and have deportation orders based on criminal arrests/convictions; or

-Individuals who have no pending claim for asylum or other humanitarian immigration relief/applications

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREPARE?

  • Share the attached Rights Card and the AFSC Immigrant Voices Program’s “Protect Yourself from Immigration Raids” preparation document.
  • Communities may request Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services provide a Know Your Rights presentation in their community, including resources for immigrants about protecting their families, properties, and rights.

WHAT TO DO FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN DETAINED BY ICE:

Contact an attorney or legal representative. See list of state-wide resources.

 

Additional Resources:

2011 DHS Sensitive Locations:

Immigration Lawyers List

Protect yourself from Immigration Raids

Rights Card

Click here to read the Catholic Charities USA Statement on the US vs. Texus Supreme Court decision of June 23, 2016.