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Undocumented Immigrants Concerned After Leaked Memo Reveals Planned Raid

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Days after Homeland Security cancels “Operation Mega,” a nationwide crackdown and round up of undocumented immigrants, some are worried it’s only a matter of time before they’re booted out of the country.

Immigrants rights advocates from across Maryland took their frustration and fear to the streets Tuesday at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Baltimore.

“We’re demanding that ICE show us our papers as community members and really document that they’re not going to be doing these violations against our community,” said CASA lead regional organizer Lydia Walther-Rodriguez.

The group is demanding that ICE be transparent about any policy changes that impact the immigrant community. They also want to know if any mass deportations are on the horizon.

The backlash comes after the leak of an internal DHS memo revealed that nationwide raids targeting 8,400 undocumented immigrants were planned for later this month.

“Frankly, we are very scared about what’s coming down the road,” said Megan Essaheb for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an immigration advocacy group.

The immigrant community is still reeling following the announcement that the Trump Administration would end the deferred action for child arrivals program or DACA, the Obama-era policy allowed people brought here as children, to stay if they meet certain requirements and are felony-free.

“We can not admit everyone who would like to come here,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week.

Jonathan Jayes-Green came with his parents from Panama to the U.S. when he was 13. He graduated college and recently bought into the American Dream.

“I’m here as a home owner and being undocumented,” Jayes-Green said. “We deserve protection. We deserve to be safe and to be able to have opportunities as well.”

He is one of about 800,000 DACA recipients who he says are living in fear.

The groups are planning info-sessions to teach undocumented immigrants what their rights are just in case the raids happen at some point.

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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  1. Steve Gobble says:

    What you illegals deserve is deportation back to your own Country, what part of illegal don’t you morons understand. you will not get amnesty so go back, WE THE PEOPLE HAVE SHOWN YOU HOW WE FEEL NOW.

  2. Sorry, illegal criminals to not get to demand anything. Why don’t they protest the sh1tholes they came from? How do you buy a house while illegal? All you deserve a quick trip back home so STFU and GTFO.

  3. They want to know if there will be mass deportations – legal American citizens certainly hope so, and the sooner the better!

  4. Jorge GArcia says:

    Of course it is humanity to think about the millions of people who should be able to stay in USA soil, i’m an legal migrant myself, came during the 70’s, I which all immigrants could stay, unfortunately, we need to understand that there is a process to achieve that status. the Dreamers are not the only ones who have a Dream, every body, in the very moment we decide to leave our own country a Dream came into mind, we all know there are thousand of people waiting for that Dream to come to pass, Millions of those cases include people who has been here for years, they deserve an opportunity to fix their legal status more than anybody else, Then, why the Dreamers and not the rest of the immigrants, The reason is so simple, is a matter of politics, this is a barrier to slow down the work of the new government administration, The matter is so sensible that even many good Americans has fallen into this strategic game.
    Hasta la vista.

  5. Russell Sias says:

    These people are here in violation of our laws. And, they “DEMAND” that we recognize them? I don’t think so!

  6. James Waters says:

    Angry and upset American Citizen demands they have no right to a voice let alone anything else. I am a 100% Disabled Veteran and I say load them into trains and run them VERY FAR SOUTH !!!

  7. Jack Bell says:

    Illegals have rights…..You the right to remain silent, you have the right to a lawyer..ect,etc

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