Donald Trump has called for increased raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the wake of the inhumane and destructive raids in Mississippi last week that targeted and terrified vulnerable workers at a chicken processing plant. It may feel like we can't do anything to stop this traumatic assault on people in our community who have fled horrifying conditions in their home countries, people who are being further brutalized in our country, which has been a traditional asylum and bastion of freedom for refugees from around the world.
It may feel like we cannot do anything. Yet there IS a small action that we can all do.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are certain rights that every person in this country has, resident or alien, refugee or citizen. If an ICE raid happened in your presence, would you know what to do? By arming yourself with knowledge of immigrants' legal rights, you could save a life or protect a migrant from illegal actions by ICE and the Trump Administration.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Please go to the ACLU website for Immigrants' Rights, https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/immigrants-rights/. You'll see a list of potential situations on the left side of the webpage. On the right side are instructions and information on what to do in that situation.
For instance, information under " Law Enforcement asks about my immigration status" you can learn:
- How to reduce risk to yourself
- Your rights
- What to do in such an encounter
- Additional resources
Not a refugee yourself? By learning about the rights of refugees, you can help support an at-risk individual who is being targeted by law enforcement or immigration officials. Suppose you are driving a friend who is an immigrant in your car, and you are pulled over by law enforcement. Your friend may be terrified that they will be arrested or detained. By knowing their rights you can help protect your friend from illegal treatment.
We can do this. We do not have to stand idly by while forces of our government terrorize innocent people. By being ready we will be doing our part to hold the line against unfair targeting of immigrants and asylum seekers.
For people looking to get more involved, the local org Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network is recruiting for rapid response and deportation defense teams, as well as collecting for its bond fund/. Go to https://www.waisn.org/volunteer-1 for more information!
"ICE Raids in Mississippi Leave Fear and Uncertainty in Their Wake" - https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/us/ice-raids-mississippi-children-parents.html
"Immigrants Lock Doors, Rally Around Children of Detained" - https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/08/08/us/ap-us-immigration-food-plant-raids.html
"White House tells ICE to conduct dozens more workplace enforcement operations, source says"- https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/politics/white-house-expanding-ice-raids/index.html
SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 7:00 pm – Seattle Indivisible Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):
At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.
RESIST TRUMP TUESDAY RALLY
Tues. August 13, 11:45 am-1:30 pm - Resist Trump Tuesday Rallies (2nd & 4th Tuesdays):
At the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue. The outdoor rally is followed by a meeting inside the Federal Building with staffers from our lawmakers' offices.