ICE CHASERS

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.

ICE FREE ZONE

In 2016, GLAHR launched its “ICE FREE ZONE” campaign in response to ICE operatives in our homes and neighborhoods.

We have handed out approximately 30,000 flyers through hand-to-hand, visiting and by placing posters in dozens of businesses frequented by the Latino community. We tried to cover most of the State of Georgia with collaborating with members and organizations in other states.

Throughout the years, GLAHR  has been informing the community about their constitutional rights and has alert about the new strategies and tactics utilized by ICE and the local police.

Considering that it is the same members of a community who can best protect each other, GLAHR offers different training workshops and briefings  to advise and increase community leadership.

Our Objectives:

  1.  Instruct and empower the Latino Community by informing about our constitutional rights to know how to protect yourself and how to protect your family, your home, and your neighborhood.
  2. Provide printed material to broadcast inside and outside our homes as well as in businesses and allied locations.
  3. Provide a permanent helpline to report situations, clarify doubts, and provide community counseling.
  4. Follow up on community concerns and needs in their neighborhoods so that it is the community itself who is directly involved in resolving such situations.
  5. Inform our communities to know the difference between a Judicial Search Warrant vs. Administrative Search Warrant.
  6. Turn the State of Georgia into an “ICE-FREE ZONE”.

Expand Sanctuary

The term “sanctuary” refers to local policies that limit when and if local law enforcement communicates with,or submits to, (often unconstitutional) requests from federal immigration agents. One of the most specific examples is to end local police collaboration with ICE.

Limiting whether police actively investigate someone’s immigration status,or if immigration authorities have access to jails to do the same,represents the minimum today; not the standard. In addition to local governments finding real ways to limit the federal reach into immigrants’ homes,and putting effective resources into defending and protecting immigrant communities, sanctuary under President Trump requires cities to dismantle the current policing apparatus that acts as a funnel to mass incarceration and the deportation machine.

Sanctuary as related to protecting immigrants came about in the 1980s, referring to churches that declared the need and will to protect Central American immigrants fleeing violence and war in their home countries.The threat was that immigrants faced the threat of deportation upon arrival in the US. Therefore, it is crucial to pressure local police to not collaborate with Immigration agency but rather focus on building relationship and trust within our communities.

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End 287G

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights ( GLAHR) started its campaign against the 287(g) program when it first arrived in Georgia in 2007. The 287(g) program, created by the Immigration and Nationality Act,allows the Department of Homeland Security to put into place memoranda of understanding with localities. These agreements allow local law enforcement to act as immigration agents with little training and grants them certain powers that include: 

  1. Investigating the immigration status of people at the jail
  2. Using ICE databases 
  3. Issuing Detainers
  4.  Placing individuals in removal proceedings

In the state of Georgia there are currently six 287(g) programs in place:Cobb County, Floyd County, Georgia Department of Corrections, Gwinnett County, Hall County and Whitfield County.  Bartow County was also included in this list until this year when it decided to cancel the program because of lack of funds. The 287(g)program is one of the most significant ways community members end up in ICE custody for minor infractions if any at all. 

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GLAHR’s work to end the 287(g) program has taken many routes  from visiting Board of commissioner meeting and demand to not approve the budget for the county Sheriffs in Cobb and Gwinnett county. In addition, GLAHR in coalition with other organizations have work with local localities to enforce non-detainers policies and has been able to change policies in various cities.

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