The headline ALMOST made it look like a legitimate and unbiased news article. But this is the California media we’re talking about. And they have quite the different agenda.
The article above tried to pass itself off as news that President Trump’s promised ICE raids have commenced. But what the piece really was trying to do was warn people about how to dodge ICE.
According to media outlets, the raids have already kicked off in the Bay Area.
That’s why a group of Bay Area immigration attorneys entered federal ICE offices in San Francisco around lunchtime Thursday – they were information about the threat of immigration raids this weekend.
“We want to know what their plans are, who they are targeting and where individuals will be process so they can have access to attorneys,” said immigration attorney Siobhan Waldron.
Attorneys say the raids started in Contra Costa County this past Sunday.
The media outlet says:
“ICE continues to refuse to let detainees know they have access to the free legal help these attorneys provide unless they know the detainees name.”
They quoted Waldron, making it clear that ICE is a danger to everyone.
“There is a history of prohibiting attorney access here in San Francisco and at a new facility in tockton,” Waldron said.
He said ICE is targeting everyone – not just those not here legally – or here “without immigration status” as he put it.
Here’s where the media’s activism begins:
“Do not open the door, ICE cannot enter your house without a warrant signed by a judge they almost never have a warrant signed by a judge, they have ones signed by ICE agents and those do not authorize entry into a house,” she said. “So simply do not answer the door.”
The media outlet then worked with Oakland-based Centro Legal de la Raza to teach people what to do:
The ICE warrant on the left does NOT authorize agents to enter a home without permission.
La orden de ICE a la izquierda NO autoriza a los agentes a entrar al domicilio sin permiso. https://t.co/hl7Q1rv7sK
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 21, 2019
Some of the steps the organization encourages immigrants to take are:
Talk to an immigration services provider about your options
Find out what to do if you have a green card, a visa or no immigration status
Make a family preparedness plan
Find out what documents to carry and what not to carry
Know your rights before speaking to officers or letting someone inside your home
Know your legal options and when to speak with a lawyer
If an immigration agent comes to your home or workplace, you have the right to remain silent
You also have the right to speak to a lawyer and refuse to sign anything until you consult with a lawyer
Now more than ever, we need everyone to know: WE HAVE RIGHTS.
Share our #KnowYourRights guides in multiple languages.
Know Your Rights. Conozca Sus Derechos. pic.twitter.com/3C4O758PoA
— ACLU (@ACLU) July 12, 2019
So much for just reporting the news, right?
In the planned raids, ICE agents are said to be targeting at least 2,000 immigrants for deportation across 10 major cities. They are also able to sweep up additional lawbreakers who weren’t the original targets.
President Trump has been building up anticipation for the potential mass immigration raids, but originally postponed them.
On June 17, he tweeted that the following week ICE would begin removing “millions” of undocumented immigrants from the United States.
Then on June 22, he said they’d hold off for two weeks at the request of Democrats.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Why? To see if they could “get together to work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”
House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wanted Trump to call them off altogether and expressed happiness over the delay on Twitter.
Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together. https://t.co/R9PDrfaKWj
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 22, 2019
“Families belong together,” she wrote.
In 2018, the Trump administration created an expedited legal process for migrant families.
As the media reported, it fast-tracked “the cases of thousands of families in major cities, obtaining ‘in absentia’ deportation orders for thousands of families that did not show up for their court hearings.”
The Washington Times reports that if family members are arrested together, they’ll be held in family detention centers. If they’re not enough room, they’ll be held at hotels until they can be deported.