4 Things You Can Do To Support Undocumented People During Threats Of Raids
If change won't come from the legislative level, then it's going to have to come from us.
July 12, 2019 at 8:48 pm
Immigration raids are not exclusive to the Trump administration; undocumented people in this country have long feared the threat of ICE raids since the department's conception.
Both the department and its subsequent raids started under George W. Bush’s administration and expanded under Barack Obama’s presidency. Now, with Trump, who has followed through on his campaign promise of being aggressive toward the immigrant community, ICE raids are sparking fear in undocumented communities, as it’s being reported that the Department of Homeland Security will conduct raids beginning on Sunday.
These raids serve two purposes. One is to arrest and detain those who are undocumented, and the other is to create an element of chaos and fear in undocumented communities. As with the administration's child separation policy, the point is to deter migrants and refugees from coming into the country.
It’s important to remember when we hear about these egregious immigration policies that it is Congress who funds ICE, and by continuing to fund the Department of Homeland Security, they continue to fund these ICE raids by default. It is pertinent to do more than just be angry; there are various steps of action we can take to support those who are undocumented.
Here are four things you can do to support undocumented people during threats of raids.