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Taking The Temperature Of Immigrant Communities Across SoCal As Threat Of ICE Raids Still Looms




Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents talk with a suspect who is taking care of a child in an apartment building during a multi-day operation on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Fullerton, California.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents talk with a suspect who is taking care of a child in an apartment building during a multi-day operation on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Fullerton, California.
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President Trump tweeted on Saturday that he would delay planned mass deportations for two weeks to “see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”

But despite the delay, rapid response networks across Southern California are out in full force in communities with large immigrant populations that could be impacted by these raids, ensuring that members of those communities understand their rights and know what ICE is and is not allowed to do in the event of a raid.

On Sunday, protesters gathered for a rally held by The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA) at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles in response to the president’s planned raids. Organizers shared tips with the audience through a loudspeaker on what to do if ICE knocks on their door and shared rapid response hotline numbers to call in the event of a raid.

What have you been seeing and hearing in your community about this enforcement action? How are local rapid response networks mobilizing and ramping up their educational and outreach campaigns in light of possible ICE raids? If you live in a community with a large immigrant population, are people going about life as usual or is there a heightened sense of fear in light of the raids? If you are an outreach worker with a rapid response network, what is your read on how members of the communities you serve are feeling? Join the conversation at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Shannon Camacho, coordinator of the Los Angeles Raids Rapid Response Network and campaign coordinator with The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Jennaya Dunlap, deportation defense coordinator with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, a rapid response network serving residents of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Erik Garcia, community engagement and policy advocate with the ACLU of SoCal based in Orange County; he has been working directly with Orange County Rapid Response Network doing community outreach in immigrant communities in Orange County

Maribel Cruz, operations manager for The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition, part of the Long Beach Community Defense Network, a rapid response network serving residents of Long Beach County