Filipinos join immigrants, advocates in protest of planned ICE raids

QUEENS, NY — Immigrant rights advocates and defenders took to the streets of New York City as they braced for President Donald Trump’s threatened mass deportation on Sunday.

The multi-day operation was supposed to target about 2,000 people in 10 cities who are already facing deportation as ordered by immigration courts, but have yet to leave the U.S. soil.

“I am angry and saddened by the recent acts of the Trump’s administration and like many of you that’s why I’m here today, family separation had become the cornerstone of this administration.”

But as of Sunday night, there were no reports of large enforcement operations.

New York City Mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio said only 3 confirmed situations involving ICE were reported.

“In no case did the ICE agent find the individual they were looking for. And then at this hour today, literally no activity yet today. I do know this is not about the security of the people this country and it’s not about enforcing the law. This is a political act by this president.”

Immigrant rights advocate Rapi Castillo says the president’s mass deportation threats are political theater.

“Nandito po kami para protektahan ang aming mga kababayan, ang aming mag neighbors, ang aming mga kaptbahay ang aming mga communities laban sa isang napaka pasistang gobyerno na tinatarget ang mga migrante.”

Castillo says, one way of doing that is to educate the community by distributing “know your rights” information to the targetted immigrant communities, such as Queens – the most diverse neighborhood in the state.

The mass raids that President Trump warned of did not happen over the weekend in the state of New York, at least, but immigrant rights defenders say, they will continue to inform the immigrant communities of their rights while monitoring ICE activities in the coming days.

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  • Mario
    16 July 2019 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    No matter what you do, you can not stop the deportation. They have REMOVAL ORDER issued by the Court. ICE can charge you for harboring an illegal alien, and if the illegal has a criminal record it will be more worse, “Harboring a Criminal” is a grave offense. Stay away., US Voters will be happy if they are ALL deported,that is why they will vote for Trump, the illegal are grabbing our jobs, they are willing to accept wages way down the minimum wage, YOU,the Taxpayers are paying for their medical if they enter the Hospital, the Taxpayers are paying for their children education, foods, transportation and many more. US voters pretend they symphatized with illegal alien NOT CORRECT, family first attitude, why feed someone whom you don’t even know, protect your family first policy.They will tell you Trump talk to much but they will vote for him, because of immigration reform.

  • Tiago Del Mundo
    18 July 2019 at 2:00 am - Reply

    According to Doctor William Gener-Med Acob (aka Wil G A-Med) and Doctor Dante Cubangbang of New York, Rapi Castillo and those Filipino illegals are becoming notorious for whining, bitching, moaning and crying about deportation. Doctor Acob said that Rapi should just go back to where he came from if he is not happy about ICE doing their job. On the the other hand, Cubangbang downplayed De Blasio’s criticism on Trump being political. Cubangbang said that De Blasio’s hypocrisy is going to get him to the back of the line of the presidential candidacy. Acob also stated that De Blasio has a very slim chance of making it to the presidential race and that is why he is desperate in campaigning for the illegals…

  • Tiago Del Mundo
    23 July 2019 at 2:27 am - Reply

    If I go to Mexico, Canada or the Philippines and demand rights, special privileges (e.g. representation from politicians there) do you really think they listen or entertain my demands? Before I can finish my line, they will tell (bitch) me out for sure, get out of here Pedro. And if I start citing racism there, they will for sure spank me like what they do in Singapore, according to their laws.