Immigrant communities around the country and here in Colorado, are concerned about the increased presence of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents on the streets of cities in the metro area.
Sonia Marquez, the Northern Director for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition says that a newly formed Rapid Response Network will respond to ICE activity across Colorado. People who have been trained through the participating organizations will monitor and ensure the rights of the targeted communities are respected, document activities, and support families in determining the right course of action during ICE encounters. Marquez says that ICE activity is nothing new, but there is an increase in the current political climate.
“ICE has been in our communities and bringing a lot of fear to our immigrant community members, but what we’re seeing right now with the current political climate is that there is a lot more activity, but not just that, but people’s fear.”
In response, CIRC has launched a Rapid Response hotline:
1-844-UNITE-41 (1-844-864-8341) staffed with over 100 volunteers, who are trained to track, verify, and confirm ICE raids in immigrant communities.
CIRC is also hosting ally trainings for members of the community who would like to support immigrants. Find out more here.