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In recent weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has conducted a nationwide operation – Operation Safe City – sweeping up nearly 500 people into their dragnet. ICE explicitly targeted sanctuary cities; 14 people were detained in Washington, DC and 28 in Baltimore. While we have seen an increase in ICE activity under the Trump administration, ICE has been carrying out raids like this for a long time. It’s time to mobilize to defend our communities and make clear that ICE is not welcome here.
To respond to the ICE raids, the Central American Solidarity Association of Maryland (CASA), United We Dream, and other immigrant-led groups in the DMV area are building a “Rapid Response” network and hotline. These organizations are working in coordination with Sanctuary DMV – a coalition of religious congregations that pledges to resist policy proposals that target and deport millions of undocumented immigrants and discriminate against marginalized communities, including those who are Black, Indigenous, Muslim, Latinx, and LGBTQ+. To join the Rapid Response Network, all you need to do is be trained – no language skills needed.
Representatives from Sanctuary DMV will be coming to Georgetown to give a Rapid Response Network Training on Wednesday October 11th at 7 PM at La Casa Latina (1320 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007). This training will prepare you to show up in response to alerts of ICE activity and offer support to those left behind. Although it is unlikely ICE agents will still be present when you arrive, you will also be trained to film ICE agents and document their moves in a safe and legal l manner. Following the training, you will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in the rapid response hotline.
In addition to the rapid response portion of the training, college students around the DMV will have an opportunity to connect and discuss how we can offer our abilities and resources to the network. These can include research, coalition-building, advocacy, and more.
Dinner will be provided!
For more from: Georgetown Solidarity Committee