The purpose of this manual is to provide information, resources and a guide to create a plan of action to protect targeted communities against hyper enforcement perpetuated by ICE (“la Migra”). It is important to remember when we act together, we have the power to protect one another even when immigration laws and agents do not respect our community.
This manual contains three different sections that address: (1) your rights when dealing with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and how to get prepared; (2) steps to take and information to know when supporting an individual or family after an ICE raid, and (3) strategies for organization around an individual case in your community.
The first part, “Know Your Rights” will focus on your rights at home and in public spaces when interacting with ICE agents. This section also includes information and resources on how to prepare yourself in case you, or a family member, is detained by ICE. Second, “Rapid Response to Raids” is a guide on how to support someone who has been detained. This includes information on how to locate a person, how to visit them, how to ensure their loved ones know what steps to take, and how to assess options for legal representation. Lastly, “Deportation Defense” will focus on how to fight deportation cases through organizing and community participation, how to organize a campaign, fundraise and how to become involved in the movement to end the separation of our families.
This manual is a resource for individuals who are being impacted by the escalation of immigration enforcement activity, and for individuals who are interested in becoming a support person for those affected. However, this is a supplement to, not a substitute for, legal counsel. If you are facing deportation or have a previous deportation order, you should reach out to an immigration attorney. Read our manual in spanish here.
My name is Yimy Lopez, I was detained by ICE in 2019, and remained detained for months, until Make the Road New York was able to fight my case and win my release. My experiences in detention were terrible, and I felt scared for my safety everyday. Once released, I began to get involved in MRNY, and have been vocal about my experiences but also the importance of knowing your rights. Just recently I witnessed an ICE arrest and I was able to step in and advocate for my peers.
The Deportation Defense Manual will serve as a helpful tool to help us protect ourselves from unjust enforcement. It is crucial that immigrants know their rights, so that they are not afraid to stand up to ICE.