Above: a child stands in front of the Jenni Rivera mural in Long Beach. Photo courtesy of the California-Mexico Center.
As of Monday, more than 600 people across at least 11 states were arrested by federal agents led by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
While ICE officials deemed the operations “business as usual,” with some noting that it did not match the same routine ordered under former President Barack Obama back in August of last year, many civil rights advocates are fearful that these small roundups are just part of a much more expansive push from ICE—especially given President Donald Trump’s executive order issued in late January of this year expanded what is to be considered priorities for deportation, including those without criminal records.
In his continual show of ignorance and stereotyping of undocumented persons, President Trump proclaimed on Twitter: “The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!”
As California continues to fight against President Trump’s targeting of “sanctuary cities”—including San Francisco’s legal battle against his executive order—many groups have banded together to create information cards that will prevent both citizens and noncitizens from being wrongfully detained.
Using copy that has been widely distributed at meetings across California concerning sanctuary cities, we are encouraging those fearful of being detained or unknowledgeable of their rights to look at the information cards we’ve recreated for distribution.
To hand to any agent questioning you:
For any persons speaking Spanish:
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