Immigrants to ICE: Show Us Your Papers

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As Part of National Challenge to Trump’s Deportation Force, Pennsylvanians to Press ICE’s Corruption and Impunity into Public Eye

Today, Juntos along with multiple Pennsylvania based organizations and individuals have filed FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests at the Philadelphia ICE Field Office in wake of rumors of massive national raids slated to begin on September 16th with the goal of detaining over 10,000 people across the country. This massive raid has been dubbed by ICE “Operation Mega.”

Across the country, immigrant communities are filing FOIA requests demanding details regarding the planning and execution of Operation Mega and all enforcement activities as well as the procedures for targeting and capturing individuals agents encounter.

Since the election and under the direction of Tom Homan at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, Trump’s deportation force has become unchained and acting with impunity. With rumors circulating of massive raids planned by the agency, advocates plan to monitor the agency’s activity and force its corruption into public view.

In Philadelphia, our “Sanctuary City” policy prohibits local police from acting as federal immigration agents. Unfortunately, we know that the deportation machine knows no bounds and ICE has begun using other methods to gain access to our community such as waiting for people outside of our courts, detaining people in our probation offices, using portable fingerprint machines and doing illegal traffic stops.

The Trump administration has let loose an unaccountable agency against our people. The recent announcement of Operation Mega is the latest in a list of rogue tactics aimed at our community. Since the federal government isn’t checking their corruption, we are filing FOIAs locally and across the country to begin to monitor it and bring it to light.” Said Erika Almiron, Executive Director of Juntos.

The list of organizations and individuals who signed on to the FOIA request locally are as follows:

Individuals

Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez

Erika Almiron, Juntos

Abel Rodriguez, Cabrini University

Candace McKinley, Black Lives Matter Philadelphia

Jasmine Rivera, Community Activist

Maria Sotomayor, PA Immigrant & Citizenship Coalition

Peter Pedemonti, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Troy Turner, Make The Road PA

Organizations

Juntos

Asian Americans United

Black Live Matter Philadelphia

CASA

Casa San Jose

Casa Dominicana de Hazleton

Caucus of Working Educators

Center on Immigration at Cabrini University

Esperanza

Free Migration Project

GALAEI

Global Women’s Strike

Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano

HIAS PA

Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia

Make the Road PA

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Payday Men’s Network

Philadelphia Red Umbrella Alliance

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Philadelphia Student Union

Pennsylvania Immigrant & Citizenship Coalition (PICC)

Philadelphia Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER)

Reclaim Philadelphia

SEIU 32BJ

Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN)

UNITE HERE Local 274

Up Against The Law

Vietlead

Women of Color In The Global Women’s Strike

Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP)

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