Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted by a variety of news outlets regarding reports of possible immigration raids:

“Given the inefficiencies in the immigration court system, many people may have been ordered deported illegally because the immigration agency didn’t have their correct address to notify them about their immigration court date. In such cases, they may have the right to reopen their immigration case,” he said. Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that undocumented people living in the U.S. have certain constitutional rights. “Immigration agents are not legally allowed to forcibly enter a home [without authorization]. Immigrants can refuse to open the door when an agent approaches, unless the agents have a valid search warrant.”

“Two thousand people deported is not that large in the annual scheme of things,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, pointing out that the administration of former President Obama deported more than 400,000 people a year during his first term. “On the other hand, the mere fact that they are announcing these raids is sending fear among immigrants and is causing them to hide or take other actions,” he said. The article notes that President Trump will want to show his supporters that he is delivering on campaign promises to crack down on illegal immigration, a signature policy objective of his administration. “He’s been trying to do something for months,” Mr. Yale-Loehr said.