President Trump told reporters recently that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is moving forward with previously postponed operations to arrest and quickly deport thousands of immigrants and their family members who are in the United States without authorization. According to reports, some may be held in detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania and others may be detained in hotel rooms while they are processed.
Immigrants are being advised, among other things, to make emergency plans and that they are not legally required to open the door to ICE agents without a search warrant or court order. Some may have the right to reopen their immigration cases.
Some organizations helping immigrant families in need include KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), Women’s Refugee Commission, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Projects, RAICES, Al Otro Lado, Florence Project, Lawyers for Good Government (Project Corazon Travel Fund), Justice in Motion, Immigrant Families Together, Innovation Law Lab, ActBlue, Lights for Liberty, United We Dream, American Immigration Council, National Immigration Law Center, Human Rights First, National Immigrant Justice Center, ALDEA-People Justice Center, American Immigration Council, Immigrant Justice Campaign, PIRC (Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center), CIRC (Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic), Annunciation House, HIAS, and Cornell Law School.
Additional resources and information for helping families at risk of deportation are listed below under “New Publications and Items of Interest.” See also “ABIL Member/Firm News” below, which includes numerous news articles with related information and advice.