Featured Issue: 2019 Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids
This page includes a variety of resources to assist in responding to large-scale enforcement actions and raids. Please visit the Immigration Justice Campaign's Raids Response website if you are interested in volunteering.
Raids Resources | Media Reports on Raids | National Resources | Local Raids Response Hotlines and Contact Information | Detention Resources | Specialized Toolkits | Attorney Resources | Procedures to File an Administrative Complaint | Advocacy
Raids Resources—Please share widely in your communities
AILA Raid Resources Quick Sheet
- AILA Raid Resources Quick Sheet - print and share this document with clients and advocates to share key resources including local raids resource hotlines and contact information for select cities.
Know Your Rights Resources
- Know Your Rights Handouts: If ICE Visits a Home, Employer, or Public Space - AILA provides Know Your Rights handouts in a number of different languages for several scenarios: ICE worksite raids (for employers), ICE home visits, and ICE public stops.
- Know Your Rights wallet cards: ILRC's Red Cards
- All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The ILRC’s Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home.
- CLINIC: Know Your Rights: A Guide to Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement
- ACLU Know Your Rights page
EOIR Case Status Information
- To check information related to you or your client's immigration court case, call the EOIR electronic phone system at 1-800-898-7180, enter the A number and listen to see whether a removal order has been issued in the relevant case.
Mississippi Enforcement Operation (August 2019) and Family Preparedness Resources
- Statement of Jere T. Miles, ICE Special Agent in Charge Regarding “Immigration Raids: Impacts and Aftermath on Mississippi Communities” before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security – November 7, 2019
- The New Yorker: After ICE Came to Morton, Mississippi – October 31, 2019
- CNN: 680 undocumented immigrants are arrested in Mississippi - August 7, 2019
- "US immigration authorities have detained some 680 undocumented immigrants in what a federal prosecutor described as a record-setting operation. US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst told reporters the arrests took place at seven sites in six different cities in Mississippi on Wednesday. The raids, he said, are 'believed to be the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation's history.'"
- ICE Press Release: ICE Executes Federal Search Warrants at Multiple Mississippi Locations – August 7, 2019
- To see other ICE enforcement actions, see: Announcements of ICE Enforcement Actions
- ILRC: How to Help Families in California Build Their Family Preparedness Plans - September 6, 2019
- Family preparedness workshops help families engage in contingency planning for their children, in the event of detention or deportation of a parent, ensuring their children are cared for and the parents’ wishes are followed even if they experience a family separation.
- This webinar will train people working with immigrant parents in California to conduct family preparedness workshops. Participants will gain the resources and confidence to work with families to complete family preparedness plans, share information about basic rights, and direct families to additional immigration resources.
- CLASP: How to Help Families Prepare for Immigration Raids and Other Enforcement Actions
- CLASP: A Guide to Creating "Safe Space" Policies for Early Childhood Programs
- Women’s Refugee Commission: Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation
- Women's Refugee Commission: Detained or Deported: What about my children? What to do if you can't be with them.
- Women's Refugee Commission: What About my Children? Preserving Family Unity and Protecting Parental Rights When Facing Deportation. A Guide for Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates.
- ICE announced a 24-hour toll-free hotline that is available for family members of those arrested in this operation to address questions about their detention location and status, and the removal process. This hotline operates in English and Spanish; the phone number is 1-855-479-0502.
- ACLU Mississippi, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, and El Pueblo provided the following resources:
- If you can offer legal help, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/msLdGmTiHkQSCciZA
- If you can offer non-legal help, please follow this link: https://form.jotform.com/92186452663160
- To donate money, visit Act Blue here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms-raids
- If you are directly affected, please call our Intake Hotline, which is open 24/7: 978-993-3300
- Associated Press: Immigration raids hit Mississippi food processing plants - August 7, 2019
- "U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. Employees filled three buses - two for men and one for women - at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in tiny Morton, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Jackson. They were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations."
- Reuters: No ‘day in court’: U.S. deportation orders blindside some families - July 26, 2019
- "Meanwhile, the acting director of ICE, Matthew Albence, told reporters on Tuesday that agents would continue to pursue not just the 2,000 people targeted in recent weeks, but any family with a removal order issued after the surge of migrants in 2014. There are “tens of thousands” of such families, he said."
- The New York Times: More Than 2,000 Migrants Were Targeted in Raids. 35 Were Arrested. - July 23, 2019
- "As part of a multipronged approach to rein in illegal immigration, Mr. Albence said that the government had also been cracking down on companies suspected of hiring undocumented immigrants. He said 3,282 businesses across the country were told last week to submit payroll documents for review."
- "The Trump administration has significantly increased company inspections, often called I-9 audits for the form that workers are required to fill out affirming that they are authorized to work in the United States. There were 5,981 such audits in fiscal 2018 compared to 1,360 the previous year."
- Washington Post: Trump vowed millions of immigration arrests in dramatic raids. ICE caught 18 family members. - July 23, 2019
- Media outlets have reported that ICE will begin large-scale enforcement actions on Sunday, June 23, 2019, against migrant family units with final orders of removal. It's been reported that ICE will be targeting up to 2,000 family units with removal orders in the following ten locations: Atlanta; Baltimore; Chicago; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York City; and San Francisco. EOIR started expedited the docketing of family unit cases in these 10 cities on November 16, 2018. See EOIR Policy Memo 19-04: Tracking and Expedition of "Family Unit" Cases.
- Miami Herald: The ICE deportation crackdown expected to start Sunday has been delayed, Trump says - June 22, 2019
- "Sources told the Miami Herald that among those to be targeted first would be: minors who came into the U.S. without their parents and have since turned 18; people who were ordered removed in absentia; and people who missed a court hearing and did not respond to letters mailed to their homes by the Department of Justice."
- NPR: 'We Have No Choice': Acting ICE Director Defends Planned Immigration Raids - June 22, 2019
- "The roundups are targeted at recently arrived migrant families whose cases were fast-tracked by the Justice Department after being sent final deportation orders from a judge and failing to show up for court." And " ICE sent letters to more than 2,000 of these migrants in February, demanding that they report to immigration authorities or leave the country."
- This resource includes state-by-state links to information regarding guardianship and powers of attorney, as well as links to state bar and consular support services.
- CREEC is investigating systemic discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. CREEC is available to offer technical assistance to anyone working with a person with disabilities - including discussing whether your client’s condition would meet the definition of disability.
- Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. : Flyers for Emergency Hotlines (English) (Spanish)
- CASA: 1-866-678-2272 (24 hours/day; 24 hors/dia)
- Sanctuary DMV: 202-335-1183 (24 hours/day)
- United We Dream: 1-844-363-1423 (Monday-Friday/lunes-viernes, 6am-9pm)
- CAIR Coalition: 202-331-3329 (Monday-Friday/lunes-viernes, 9am-5pm)
- Chicago: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) Family Support Network at 1-855-435-7693. (English, Spanish, Korean, Polish)
- Denver: Colorado Rapid Response Network - Immigration at 1-844-864-8341. 24 hours/day
- Houston The Houston Immigrant Rights Hotline is 1-833-468-4664 (1-833-HOU-IMMI), Monday-Friday/lunes-viernes, 9am-5pm (English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean)
- AILA Texas Chapter members can post any updates on their webpage in the membership forum and are encourage to share updates with local advocacy captains and liaisons. You can find your local representatives here: http://www.ailatexas.org/officers-liaisons/committee-members/
- Los Angeles and San Diego (Southern California): Community members in Southern California can use the following hotlines to report enforcement actions:
- Boyle Heights RRN – Colo Boyle Heights en Los Angeles - (323) 922-5644
- IC4IJ – Condado de San Bernardino y Inland Empire- (909) 361-4588
- Koreatown RRN – Solo el Condado de Los Angeles – (888) 624-4752
- Los Angeles RRN – Solo el Condado de Los Angeles – (888) 624-4752
- San Diego RRN – Condado de San Diego – (619) 536-0823
- Costa Sud-Central RRN – Condados de Santa Barbara, Ventura, y San Luis Obispo- (805) 870-8855
- Orange County RRN – Condado de Orange – (657) 210-0157
- Defensa Comunitaria Long Beach – Solo la ciudad de Long Beach (562) 269-1083
- Miami: Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) hotline: 1-888-600-5762
- AILA's South Florida Chapter is seeking attorneys willing to be on-call and assist with any rapid response efforts. If you are an AILA member that is interested in signing up to volunteer, please use this form. For questions about getting involved, email the AILA South Florida Pro Bono Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Jersey: Deportation & Immigration Response Equipo at 1-888-DIRE-SOS.
- New Orleans: Congress of Day Laborers at the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice at 504-655-9815 (Spanish).
- Nevada: MiFamiliaVota: (702) 782-9580 #ICEraids
- New York City: New York City Residents: 311; New York State Immigration: 1-800-566-7636. For more information, read NYIC's Know Your Rights Community Toolkit.
- San Francisco (Northern California)The provides the following emergency hotlines:
- Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP)
Region covered: Alameda County (510) 241-4011
- Stand Together Contra Costa
Region covered: Contra Costa County (925) 900-5151
- San Francisco Rapid Response Network
Region covered: San Francisco City (415) 200-1548
- Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Santa Clara County (408) 290-1144
- Monterey County Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Monterey County (831) 643-5225
- Santa Cruz County Rapid Response (YARR)
Region covered: San Cruz County (831) 239-4289
- Marin Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Marin County (415) 991-4545
- North Bay Rapid Response Network
Region covered: Sonoma & Napa Counties (707) 800-4544
- San Mateo Rapid Response Network
Region covered: San Mateo County (203) 666-4472
- Valley Watch Network
Region covered: Fresno County, San Joaquin, Merced, and Kern Counties (559) 206-0151
- Sacramento Rapid Response
Region covered: Sacramento County (916) 245-6773
- Humboldt Rapid Response (True North)
Region covered Humboldt County 707-282-5226
- Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Rapid Response Text Platform
Region covered: Northern & Central California
Community members: (201) 468-6088
Allies: (918) 609-4480
- Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP)
- Washington: Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network at (844-RAID-REP, or 844-724-3737). Operates seven days a week from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Media Reports on Raids
Reports of Raids
Follow AILA on Twitter for the most current information
Background Information on Summer 2019 Raids
- CREEC – Rights of Detained Immigrants with Disabilities
- National Korean American Service & Education Consortium - operating a 24-hour bilingual (Korean/English) hotline - 844-500-3222.
- Southern Poverty Law Center: If your loved one is detained in one of these immigrant detention centers (Stewart Detention Center, Irwin County Detention Center, Folkston ICE Processing Center, LaSalle Detention Center, or Pine Prairie Detention Center) and they do not have an immigration lawyer, you may request our legal services.
Local Raids Response Hotlines and Contact Information:
- AILA Practice Pointer: How to Locate Clients that Have Been Apprehended by ICE
- ICE Detention Facility Locator
- ICE Detention Standards - Standards vary based on the type of facility and the facility's contract or agreement.
- Standards vary based on the type of facility and the facility's contract or agreement.
Procedures to File an Administrative Complaint:
- To file a complaint with DHS' Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, include the G-28 Form or release form from the child (and sponsor). Fill out the complaint form and email it to CRCLCompliance@hq.dhs.gov or fax to 202-401-4708. Here is a flow chart on the Civil Rights Complaint process.
- Families, attorneys, and social service providers can also contact ICE Field Offices about any family separation concerns (in particular primary caregivers) or complete this form. Always reference "Parental Interests Inquiry." If no response, call the DRIL hotline: 1-888-351-4024
- American Immigration Council - The Basics of Motions to Reopen EOIR-Issued Removal Orders
- Recognizing and Responding to Gang Affiliation Allegations - June 2019, By Laila L. Hlass, Michelle N. Méndez, and Andrea Sáenz
- CLINIC and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project - A Guide to Assisting Families with In Absentia Removal Orders - updated in July 2019
- American Immigration Council - Reinstatement of Removal
- American Immigration Council - Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: Cracking Down on Fourth Amendment Violations
- American Immigration Council - Notices to Appear: Legal Challenges and Strategies
- Motion to Reopen and Terminate In Absentia Removal Proceedings (184)
- Stay Motions - Guidelines for Support Letters
- Stay Motions - For Individuals Filing Motions to Reopen Based on Fear-Based Claims
- Stay Motions - For Individuals Filing Motions to Reopen without a Fear-Based Claim
- Emergency Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (Temporary Stay While Motion for Stay is Pending) (261)
- Motion For Bond and Request for Bond Hearing (115)
- Verified Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus (224)
- CLINIC: Rapid Response Toolkit
- The newly released toolkit is based on best practices and lessons learned from communities conducting rapid responses during ICE raids and arrests. It provides a plan of action for communities to support and guide people during and after a raid, as well as a how-to guide and a model notebook to help you build an inclusive rapid response team. Help empower your community by organizing and staying informed.
- Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)- Lessons from East Tennessee: A Toolkit for Organizations Responding to Mass Worksite Immigration Raids – May 13, 2019
- Immigrant Defense Project and Center for Constitutional Rights Toolkit - January 12, 2017
- AILA Statement: Raids Targeting Families Would Sow Fear and Solve Nothing at the Border - June 21, 2019
- The Real Alternatives to Detention - June 18, 2019
- Resources for Responding to Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids — This page includes a variety of resources to assist members in responding to large-scale enforcement actions and raids and in representing individual clients who were subjected to a raid
- Resources To Prepare for Raids and Other Immigration Enforcement Actions — AILA and NGO partners provide a one-pager compiling resources on how to prepare for immigration raids, including links to Know Your Rights handouts, toolkits, how to find a detainee, information on filing a complaint, reporting enforcement actions to advocacy organizations, and more.
- AILA Members Only: 2019 Raids Response Chapter Coordinator List
- ACLU Files Lawsuit Against ICE to Guarantee Detained Noncitizens Access to Counsel (Pangea Legal Services v. McAleenan, et al.)
- ICE Announcements of Enforcement Actions
- Map of ICE Enforcement Actions (January 2017- Current)