Tuesday, July 16th at 11 AM – 12:30 PM
San Francisco Federal Building, 90 7th Street, San Francisco.
The FREE SF coalition is hosting a press conference to respond to threats of ICE raids in Northern California and in other major cities in the U.S.
The coalition calls upon Speaker Nancy Pelosi to publicly condemn and stop the Trump administration’s use of ICE raids to gain political points for his re-election. The coalition is also holding Speaker Nancy Pelosi accountable for moving a 4.6 billion border bill that held little restriction on ICE’s detention system, and opposed by all Bay Area representatives.
FREE SF stands with all immigrant communities, no matter their background, and work to ensure that all immigrants have access to due process. Because of the incredible support of rapid response networks, and leadership from directly-impacted communities, we have yet to see ICE raids here in the Bay Area this week.
Join us to call Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be accountable to our immigrant communities – who are already organizing to protect their loved ones from detention and deportation.
For over a decade, the Full Rights Equality and Empowerment (FREE SF) Coalition has pushed for pro-immigrant policies within San Francisco, including the current Sanctuary Ordinance. We are a coalition of organizations advocating for community safety, transformative justice, immigrant rights, and self-determination.
- The press conference is wheelchair accessible. Spanish translation to come shortly.
- Access Info: Sidewalk on Federal Building
ICE raids have already begun in Bay Area, immigration attorneys say!
While the focus is on upcoming weekend ICE raids, immigration attorneys in the Bay Area say those raids have already begun.
A group of Bay Area immigration attorneys entered federal ICE offices in San Francisco during the noon hour Thursday to demand information about the threat of immigration raids this weekend.
“We want to know what their plans are, who they are targeting and where individuals will be process so they can have access to attorneys,” said immigration attorney Siobhan Waldron.
Attorneys say these raids are already underway in the Bay Area, beginning in Contra Costa County this past Sunday.
They say ICE continues to refuse to let detainees know they have access to the free legal help these attorneys provide unless they know the detainees name.
“There is a history of prohibiting attorney access here in San Francisco and at a new facility in stockton,” Waldron said.
Waldron with Centro Legal de la Raza says ICE is not only targeting those without immigration status, but those with status, so everyone must must educate themselves before ICE shows up at their doorstep
“Do not open the door, ICE cannot enter your house without a warrant signed by a judge they almost never have a warrant signed by a judge, they have ones signed by ICE agents and those do not authorize entry into a house,” she said. “So simply do not answer the door.”
Oakland-based Centro Legal de la Raza is offering assistance and information to Bay Area families who may be impacted by the threat of deportation.
Talk to an immigration services provider about your options
Find out what to do if you have a green card, a visa or no immigration status
Make a family preparedness plan
Find out what documents to carry and what not to carry
Know your rights before speaking to officers or letting someone inside your home
Know your legal options and when to speak with a lawyer
If an immigration agent comes to your home or workplace, you have the right to remain silent
You also have the right to speak to a lawyer and refuse to sign anything until you consult with a lawyer