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Activists Start 24 Hour Hotline For Immigrant Community

Activists Start 24 Hour Hotline For Immigrant Community”

That could mean that other undocumented immigrants around that person could be caught up as well.

They've trained a network of more than 100 people to "track, verify, and document abuses, and respond to ICE raids in immigrant communities". Immigration activists on the ground felt certain that they were seeing an increased level of enforcement, the first phase of Trump's promised deportation force, while ICE insisted that the raids were "routine" and had been planned during former President Barack Obama's tenure.

Though the last thing Martin and his family wanted to do was buy a one-way ticket to anywhere outside the US, it was part of the requirement ICE imposed on him while federal immigration officials decided whether or not to extend the short reprieve from deportation he won just a few days ago.

Another organizer, Celesté Martinez with Together Colorado, says the Colorado Rapid Response Network is modeled after existing networks run by the New Sanctuary Movement, based out of Philadelphia, and the PICO National Network, based out of Oakland, California. The raids sparked fear and panic in immigrant communities-families skipped work, stayed inside, and kept their children home from school. They are also working to find a solid source of funding. Hernandez said the hotline was created in part as a response to unfounded rumors of ICE checkpoints around Denver. Twenty-four hours a day, all across the state, community members who witness what they believe may be an ICE enforcement action can now call the hotline.

"What we're doing is within the boundaries of the law", Hernandez said.

You can reach the Colorado Rapid Response Network at 1-844-864-8341.

Volunteers confirm the raid to callers, and if there is one, send in trained observers to document the situation, along with lawyers to help possible detainees. "We evaluated what would work best by looking at their best practices, seeing what was missing, and then developing trainings and infrastructure here in Colorado".

Homan also dismantled the oft-used argument that strict immigration policies break up families.

"The intention of this network is to ease the fear in the community by being able to confirm or deny activity that is conducted by ICE", said Carla Castedo, state director of Mi Familia Vota, in a prepared statement. "We don't need to be in fear of putting ourselves out there in the same way that non-citizens do".

The spokesperson added the hotline was "a way to provide a trusted foundation in fighting the out-of-control federal immigration enforcement apparatus and to stop the spread of misinformation in immigrant communities in light of the fear brought on by xenophobic rhetoric."But ICE officials said their concern is precisely that - misinformation".

"When I say all people are on the table, that's what the executive orders say", Homan told CNN.

The announcement of the hotline comes after reports of ICE officers taking people into custody at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse.



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