Pro Bono Alert - Potential ICE Raids and How to Prepare your client
Multiple sources are reporting that ICE has canceled plans for a large-scale nationwide raid program. While the nationwide program may have been called off due to potential hurricane impacts, there is no guarantee that ICE will not carry on with local raid programs, starting in mid-September. For attorneys with clients in the Capital region, you should take time to speak to your clients about this possibility. We recommend reviewing the materials provided here (a collection of family preparedness tools prepared by a variety of organizations) and also passing them along to your clients and your client’s families. It is important to remember that ICE's practice of late is to target one member of a household (often someone with a prior deportation order or a criminal history) as a means to gain entry to a home. Once inside, ICE will then question all members of the household and apprehend those without status. Education is the key to protecting immigrant communities. Please take the time to work with your clients to protect them and their loved ones.