As we went into the weekend, reports from across the nation came pouring in about ICE roundups of hundreds of undocumented people for deportation in dozens of cities across at least 6 states. Frightened immigrant families have begun keeping children home from school, skipping work, avoiding public places and staying off of social media.
Deportations are not new to America. Under President Obama, about 2 million undocumented immigrants were deported. However, the criteria for deportation has changed somewhat under the Trump administration. While Obama deported undocumented immigrants who posed a threat to national security or public safety and recent border crossers, Trump’s deportations have expanded to include people with criminal histories, people who have been accused (but not convicted) of a crime and people who happen to be near raids targeting others.
Though roundups have not yet begun in Utah, community advocates believe they will begin very soon, particularly in Tooele County, where agents can more easily bring deportees across state lines to detention centers in NV that are equipped with beds.
Immigrants need legal citizens to stand up for them. Here are a few ways you can help today.
- Commit to supporting and protecting people at risk of deportation through United We Dream (click here) or Our Revolution (click here).
- Join the #ToImmigrantsWithLove project by writing public statements on social media, etc, in support of immigrants using the hashtag #ToImmigrantsWithLove.
- Support the NILC – The National Immigrant Legal Center’s mission is to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. They are also helping lead the legal push against the immigrant ban.
- Know Your Rights – Spread the word about these important tips in five languages from United We Dream.
- Report and stop deportations by calling United We Dream at 1-844-363-1433 immediately or submitting details through MigraMap if you witness a deportation.