As I write this report, it does not appear that the anticipated ICE raids have occurred in Atlanta; however, the following information is still important for legal protection in the event of any future encounters with ICE or law enforcement personnel.
You Have Rights! Do Not Panic But Be Prepared! The following information has been included in previous reports but bears repeating in light of threats of deportation and continuing raids.
When you need information quickly, look at the CLINIC Rapid Response Toolkit.
Justice for Immigrants campaign has collected valuable educational resources on its website to help prepare for the possibility that an individual will be approached by an immigration or law enforcement officer. The website helps to know your rights, prepare families and connect with community resources.
Download and study these materials from CLINIC in a variety of languages before you need them https://catholicsentinel.org/Content/Default/Homepage-Rotator/Article/As-immigration-policy-changes-so-does-work-of-Catholic-organizations/-3/382/38022
Share these materials and links with parishioners who may need them or who are working with immigrant communities.
Immigrant Advocates Go to Court. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Public Counsel, and Goodwin Procter LLP go to court on behalf of the plaintiffs, who arrived in the United States as children, unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and a temporary restraining order, blocking implementation of the Administration policy, which would limit the protections given child immigrants under federal law.
In another case, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit to prohibit the mass raids scheduled by the Administration until each of the individuals proposed for deportation has had the opportunity for an impartial hearing.
Pope Francis. On July 7, Pope Francis celebrated Mass with immigrants and refugees remembering the sixth anniversary of his pastoral visit to Lampedusa. The Holy Father emphasized the humanity of all migrating people, especially those crossing deserts.