House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is giving a heads up to immigrants, telling them they don’t have to answer the door during planned ICE raids that begin Sunday unless authorities can furnish a valid warrant.
There is a planned round-up of up to 2,000 immigrants being sought for deportation, she was among several powerful Democrats instructing migrants of their rights – including the right not to open the door for a search that isn’t backed up by a specific warrant.
“An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant,” Pelosi said Thursday. “If that is the only document ICE brings to a home raid, ICE does not have a legal right to enter a home.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also entered the fray on Twitter, urging people to share Spanish-language guidelines such as “toma fotos y videos” – meaning take photos and videos.
“Por favor comparte,” Clinton wrote, or please share.
They were following the example set by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who also urged people to “know your rights.”
“Check your neighbors & know your rights,” she tweeted earlier Thursday.
“Remember: no one can enter your home without a ‘judicial warrant,’” she advised. She also wrote that “Sometimes ICE will try to show other papers to get in your house. Judicial warrants are from a court.”
They were among other Democrats in Congress Thursday who demanded that President Donald Trump protect families and children ahead of expected immigration raids this weekend.
The initial raids will target some 2,000 across at least 10 cities, the Times said.
Democrats criticized the plans, saying they threaten people who have lived in the United States for many years and built families that include US citizens.
Pelosi called the ICE plan “heartless raids on families” and said Sundays are when many Hispanic immigrant families are in church. She said families feel very “threatened and scared” by the raids.
“These families are hardworking members of our communities and our country. This brutal action will terrorize children and tear families apart,” she told reporters.
“Many of these families are mixed-status families,” she added, referring to families who include members in the United States legally and illegally, such as migrants with children born inside the country.
Senate Minority Leader Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer warned the Trump administration that ICE should not split families with young children if it carries out the raids.
“Stop separating children from their families. Tell your agencies, do not separate a single child from their parents,” he said.
Credit: Daily Mail