Madison stands by immigrant community through threat of ICE raids
MADISON, Wis. — President Donald Trump is delaying U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement raids previously planned to begin early Sunday morning in 10 U.S. cities where immigration is heavy.
The people that Ice will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported. This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
While Madison was not on the list, city officials say they are always on alert for an increase in immigration enforcement.
“We have not had any credible information, any direct information that there is going to be an increase in enforcement here in the Madison area,” City Council President Shiva Bidar said.
According to Bidar the city has not been alerted of ICE coming to Madison, although they know it could happen at any time.
“What it means for us over the past couple of days is to make sure that we are sending a clear message to our immigrant communities as a city that we stand by them, that we are a welcoming city, that we are in no way going to be cooperating with ICE enforcement within our city,” Bidar said.
Bidar said the city is trying to not cause any panic with false information.
“We want to make sure that we are ready, but we also want to make sure that there is no panic,” she said.
Immigration attorney Sarah Lawman said an announcement like the one Trump made a few days ago could scare anyone.
“It’s really terrifying for people, and not just the people with an order of deportation, but for anyone going through the immigration process,” Lawman said.
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