In the month of June 2019, the current president stated that massive ICE raids will take place in ten major cities which include our home Atlanta. The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) decide to implement a new deportation defense program called ICE Chasers. GLAHR’s ICE Chasers Rapid Response team was organized to document ICE arrests; create awareness within the undocumented and immigrant community of their constitutional rights, and call attention to ICE arrests within the community and their collaboration with local law enforcement.
The Rapid Response team was formed by more than 90 volunteers from around the metro area. We patrolled the city from 6 am. to 8:30 am. for any ICE activity and also informed our community members about their constitutional rights. In the beginning, the ICE Chasers program was implemented for a whole week and then we dedicated our time and efforts on the weekends until October 2019. Together, we reached 2155 people, all who have families of their own. We patrolled 12 cities in total and we patrol the city 28 times. At the moment, we have put our program on stand by but we are more than ready to come to the aid of our community in case of an emergency.