What is ICE and what does it do
ICE is the acronym for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a federal law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration and customs laws, as well as investigating and prosecuting violations of those laws.
How immigration enforcement changed under the Trump administration
The Obama administration was known for being relatively lenient on immigration enforcement, but the Trump administration made several changes that have resulted in a much more aggressive ICE. One of the most significant changes has been the increase in the number of deportations.
In addition to increasing deportations, the Trump administration has also changed how ICE officers conduct raids and detain undocumented immigrants. The agency has doubled down on its enforcement efforts in so-called sanctuary cities, which refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agents.
Why people are protesting against ICE
In the past, ICE has been criticized for being too lenient on immigration enforcement. However, with Trump as president and a more conservative approach to immigration policy in general, ICE became a much more aggressive agency. One of the most significant changes is that deportations increased significantly under Trump’s administration. Additionally, ICE officers now conduct raids and detain undocumented immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities which refuse to cooperate with federal agents from ICE. ICE officers in certain cities have started using state databases to deport those that don’t have a current driver’s license for undocumented immigrants. The main reason people are protesting against this change is that they believe it will make deportation efforts easier than before by targeting undocumented immigrants who would otherwise be protected by their status as residents of these cities or states. Many people also oppose the way that ICE officers conduct raids and detain undocumented immigrants. Some believe that the tactics used by ICE are unconstitutional, and others feel that they are unnecessarily cruel.
Ways you can help immigrants in your community
Immigrants are a vital part of our society.
As ICE ramps up its efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration, many people are looking for ways they can help immigrants in their community.
There are several things you can do to make it easier for immigrants to live in your community and to protect them from being deported.
Many people also oppose the way that ICE officers conduct raids and detain undocumented immigrants. Some believe that the tactics used by ICE are unconstitutional, and others feel that they are unnecessarily cruel. However, it doesn’t matter if you agree with these views or not- what’s important is to do what you can to help immigrants in your community. There are many ways to get involved! The most obvious way would be volunteering at an immigrant resource center – but there are other ways as well such as volunteering with a non-profit organization that supports immigrant rights or helps refugees in your community. These can include organizations that offer legal services, educational opportunities, and housing assistance.
Another way you can help immigrants in your community is to contact your national elected representatives and ask them to oppose policies that target undocumented immigrants for deportation.
If you are not an immigrant yourself but know someone who is facing deportation proceedings, provide whatever support you can whether it’s moral support, financial help, legal aid, or access to education services. You can also spread awareness of ways people can help during the deportation process such as by attending immigration hearings on behalf of someone else.
The importance of voting to change immigration policy at all levels of government (local, state, federal)
Many people don’t vote because they feel like their voice doesn’t matter. This is a myth, one that you should dispel from your mind and act upon by voting in every election.
In the U.S., voter turnout is often very low, which can be seen as a sign of apathy towards politics or as an indication of how difficult it can be to cast your ballot. However, there are many reasons why voting is important- here are three: Voting allows you to have power over who governs you; it’s your chance to give back something after taxes; and most importantly, it’s the only way we have at present for changing immigration policy at all levels of government (local, state, federal).
Resources for finding a lawyer if you or someone else needs one
If you or someone you know needs a lawyer, it can be difficult to know where to start.
There are many resources available for finding an immigration lawyer, but it’s important to make sure you find the right one for your situation. Some questions to consider when searching for an immigration lawyer are: Do they have experience with your type of case? Have they won similar cases in the past? How much is the initial consultation if you want to find out more information about their services? Can you afford them on your budget?
While this may seem like a lot of information, it’s important to remember that each person’s situation will be different- even if two people are trying to obtain the same status (for example, a green card), their path might not be the same.
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ramped up its enforcement efforts under the Trump administration and we are still seeing those effects today. These changes include increasing deportations, targeting sanctuary cities, conducting raids more aggressively, and detaining undocumented immigrants for longer periods with less oversight from law enforcement agencies like ICE or police departments. The agency is also doubling down on enforcing immigration violations in so-called “sanctuary” cities – places that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities. This article discusses what you need to know about these developments as well as other ways you can get involved if you’re concerned about this issue. Whether it’s volunteering at an immigrant resource center or donating money, your voice matters!