Federal agencies have conducted unusually intense raids in recent days to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Those targeted have included people have lived in America peacefully for decades, as well as many undocumented immigrants with no criminal backgrounds. The raids are sparking panic in communities with large immigrant populations, with parents keeping their children out of school to avoid deportation forces.
The department of homeland security has acknowledged raids have occurred in in at least six states. Immigration advocates have claimed to have evidence of raids in at least four additional states.
As reported by the Washington Post: “That undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were arrested and could potentially be deported sent a shock wave through immigrant communities nationwide amid concerns that the U.S. government could start going after law-abiding people.”
“This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one,” Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, an immigrant youth organization, said Friday during a conference call with immigration advocates.”
Greg Cesar, an Austin, Texas city council member, provided an insight into the fear sparked by the raids: “I’m getting lots of reports from my constituents about seeing ICE on the streets. Teachers in my district have contacted me — certain students didn’t come to school today because they’re afraid. I talked to a constituent, a single mother, who had her door knocked on this morning by ICE.”