Deportation in the U.S.
Over the past 20 years deportation rates have been increasing here in the U.S.
There are of course many factors to this, all of which remain universally the same throughout the years of deportation incline. However, under the new president, Donald Trump, there has been one major change in deportation, a change so vast that it alters the very definition of deportation.
"The removal of a foreign national under immigration laws for reasons such as illegal entry or conduct dangerous to the public welfare."
— Lloyd Duhaime, LLB, Canadian lawyer and minister
As seen above, a lot of these definitions of deportation used to say that deportation was caused by an undocumented individual breaking the law or proving dangerous to society, causing their deportation. However, under Trump's presidency, undocumented individuals who have done absolutely nothing wrong are now being targeted and deported-which can be read about here.
In fact, Trump's administration has been using what is called a raid to round up undocumented individuals. Raids are normally separated into two categories: workplace raids, and home raids, both of which are carried out by ICE officials, who often look a lot like police officers.
In both workplace raids and home raids, there are specific steps to be taken to display and retain your rights. While it is even more important that you know what to do during a home raid (given that you may be home when ICE officers come), you should also read up on workplace raids and tell your parents what they should and should not do during a raid. You can read more about what to do during a workplace raid here, and what to do during a home raid here, however, both raids have basic overlaps which can be seen below:
What To Do During an ICE Raid
- Do Not Open The Door
- If police men knock on your door and state that they are ICE officers, ask them to slip a warrant under the door. They aren't allowed to come into a house unless you let them in or they have a warrant.
- Report the Raid
- Reporting the raid will let others in the area know that there is a raid underway: each state has a different hotline, so make sure you look up your states hotline and write down the number somewhere so you're prepared in case you need to call.
- Stay silent.
- Particularly if it is just you in the house, and no guardians are present. However, even they have the right to remain silent.
For more information on ICE raids and what to do, visit this page, and download the ICE toolkit.