FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2017
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Targeted ICE Enforcement Actions Confirmed Across Colorado
The 24 hour Colorado Rapid Response Network denounces ICE’s targeted enforcement actions and detention of bystanders; calls on the community to know and use their rights, report ICE enforcement actions
[Denver, CO] The Colorado Rapid Response Network has confirmed statewide ICE enforcement activity with five operations in the past 24 hours in Aurora, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs, Woodland Park and Colorado Springs. The reports include detention of bystanders as part of the sweeps. Members of the Colorado Rapid Response Network have spoken to witnesses of the enforcement actions and directly impacted individuals. The network also received unconfirmed reports about possible ICE activity in Aspen. The network is grateful to concerned residents who called our hotline and is working to connect impacted individuals and their families with attorneys.
Anyone who is targeted by an ICE agent or who witnesses an enforcement action is advised to call the Colorado Rapid Response Network immediately at 1-844-864-8342 and press 1 to alert the network enforcement activity is happening now and a volunteer of the 24 hotline will document the incident and activate the response network.
Under the Trump Administration, undocumented immigrants and even those with status have been targeted and deported as a result of the Administration’s broad focus on mass deportation and reallocation of Homeland Security dollars on immigration enforcement. Under this atmosphere, the Colorado Rapid Response Network has emerged as a leader in preparing families to use their rights and being present when enforcement actions occur to document civil rights abuses.
Members of the community are advised to keep their doors closed in the event of ICE or police coming to their home, to request a copy of a judicial warrant signed by a judge or magistrate be passed to them under the door or shown through the window, and to confirm that the arrest or search warrant has been signed and dated. All members of the community should use their right to remain silent, not sign any documents, and to request to speak to an attorney before answering any questions. Know Your Rights resources are attached.
The Rapid Response Network will be hosting an emergency bilingual Know Your Rights presentation for members of the community tonight, Tuesday, July 25th from 6:00PM-8:00 PM at the Mi Familia Vota office on 4730 Oakland St. #210, Denver, CO 80239.
It is advised that community members be prepared for possible encounters with ICE and to make family preparedness plans in case of an emergency. Regardless of immigration status, everyone has constitutional rights and the best plan of action is to be prepared.
For information on what to do if questioned about immigration status, refer to ACLU guide: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-questioned-about-your-immigration-status (Spanish: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-hacer-si-le-preguntan-acerca-de-su-estatus-migratorio)
For a short video on possible scenarios, refer to ACLU video: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-immigration-agents-ice-are-your-door (Spanish: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/que-hacer-si-esta-involucrado-en-una-redada-de-casa)
For a guide to prevent family separation, refer to the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition’s bilingual resource packet: http://coloradoimmigrant.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Official-CIRC-Immigrant-Resource.pdf