Undocumented Pinoys urged to stay vigilant, with more ICE raids planned

ATLANTA, GA —From the rain-soaked Atlanta, Georgia, to the sunny border towns in San Diego, thousands came out on Friday to protest the conditions and policies immigrants face in the nation’s border and at detention centers.

Over 100 towns and cities held their own lights for liberty vigil, ahead of last weekend’s expected Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids targeting roughly 2,000 undocumented immigrants in ten U.S. cities.

“In spite of the fact that there was a lot of fear, there were many unsubstantiated and unconfirmed reports of ICE raids — people did still show up and most especially undocumented organizers and activists did show up for themselves, for their families and for their communities,” said Kalayaan Mendoza, co-founder of Across Frontlines.

According to reports, ICE agents tried to make arrests in New York City on Saturday but were turned away. Similar instances reportedly happened in New Jersey and Chicago over the weekend.

Advocates and various organizations have ramped up their efforts to educate undocumented immigrants about their rights, after President Donald Trump tweeted last month that millions of undocumented immigrants would be picked up and deported.

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  • Mario
    16 July 2019 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    To undocumented or illegal alien,time to go home,do not wait for other PINOY to report you, to ICE. If you want to extend your stay, hire a an immigration lawyer. As long as your relatives, children has money you are Okay,but not a guaranty to get a green card or become a political assylee. Once your pocket is empty, time for your lawyer to tell you to go back home.It took me 18 years to pay my matriculation fee to an immigration lawyer in order to get a political assylum status. If you are a Pinoy apply your political assylum in California,Texas, Colorado, never in Hawaii.In Hawaii immigration court is Japanese control, the judges will never give the Pinoy parent a chance,reason, Pinoys children are smart and industrious,will be the future competitor of the Jap Community children. In CA,TX, CO, Judges are tired of Hispanic and they are more helpful to Pinoys.