FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2017
Natalia Jaramillo, (786) 317-3524
Washington, D.C. - This week immigrant women joined community groups in Boston, New York, Denver, San Francisco, and other cities to file and deliver Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). With rumors circulating of massive raids planned by the agency, the FOIA requests demand details about the planning and execution of enforcement activities as well as the procedures for targeting and capturing individuals.
“If our communities were already afraid of ICE before, what can we expect now that they are under Trump’s anti-immigrant leadership? Not only is ICE raiding people’s homes and workplaces, they are ready to detain and deport anyone who is undocumented anyplace and at any time,” says Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights leader from Denver who became one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People as the first woman to take sanctuary in a church after Trump was elected. “For weeks in the Spring, ICE refused to answer my request for a stay of removal, ignoring me and my attorney. Had I gone to my routine check-in, ICE was prepared to detain me on the spot like they have been doing with many in my community. Because of this lack of transparency and accountability, no one can take ICE at its word. That’s why we are fighting to expose its abuses and its plans to further target us”
Silent raids, abuses and unlawful detentions are some of the concerning reports about ICE agents acting with impunity that advocates are monitoring and exposing, while the agency’s spokespeople excuse every claim as the right of each agent to “use their discretion”.