BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Baltimore pushing for immigrants’ rights as the possibility of immigration raids looms.

Community activists came together to protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s immigration policies, saying raids and deportations are not welcome.

“The immigrants in Baltimore are part of the social fabric of the city. They’re welcome here just like the rest of us,” said Dan Malinsky with Sanctuary Streets Baltimore.

The crowd chanted that message, which also adorned signs. But for Sarah Ochoa, it’s personal.

“I’m out here because my parents are immigrants,” she said. “I feel everyone should have the right to due process and be treated humanely.”

The rally comes after President Trump delayed Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in 10 cities, including Baltimore, targeting around 2,000 immigrants who have missed a court hearing or received a deportation order.

“The vast majority never show up for their hearing a year, 18 months down the road, so the president is doing his job,” Vice President Mike Pence said on “Face The Nation” Sunday.

Despite the president postponing the ICE raids, witnesses told WJZ they saw six people arrested near a Columbia gas station Wednesday.

Six People Arrested By ICE Near Columbia Gas Station, Witnesses Say

Baltimore resident Reuben Flores was among the crowd of people outside ICE headquarters at Thursday’s rally.

“I think it’s incredibly scary for immigrants both legal and who do not have papers living in the United States,” he said.

If ICE agents come knocking, some rally attendees said they will stand together.

“People need to be treated humanely, they need to be given due process, they need to be given a fair chance to apply,” Ochoa said.

Local organizations like CASA said they are available to help anyone who is in the country illegally by teaching them what rights they have, like the rights to remain silent and to obtain an attorney.

Kelsey Kushner

Comments (11)
  1. THE STAMPEDE AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER:
    The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

    We have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming to the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans,

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.).

    To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

  2. Here is a thought STUPID democrats!! MAYBE if the ILLEGALS showed up for their appointments and hearings when they are supposed to instead of blowing it off they would not have warrants HUH???? I guess we ALL have rules and laws to follow in society but the ILLEGALS, guess they are special OR the democrats being the corrupt lawbreakers themselves sent them a clear message it’s ok to ignore our laws and rules we do! mmmmm???

  3. ADIOS MUCHACHOS!! Take the DEMORATS with ya!!

  4. THE CORRUPT DEMOCRATS are sacred they are not going to have anyone to vote for them, and rightly SO!!

  5. Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    DEMOCRAT PLATFORM & GOALS.

    -Same sex marriages.
    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Elimination of ICE
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Infanticide.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    -Socialism.
    -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -The green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise Minimum Wage
    -Have adolescents vote
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every race “harmed” by the white man.
    -Convicts, Terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s mouths.

  6. Tickedoff Person says:

    The Democrats are just laying the groundwork for their own destruction. Stupid people get killed or just die off. Smart people can just sit back …watch and enjoy. Money is going to run out for them and everything revolves around the dollar. No money no power. A second civil war is coming. I can see it on the horizon. The lines have already been drawn.

  7. Hans Unland says:

    LAWLESSNESS IS NOT WELCOME…… But then AGAIN… cHARM CITY < MURDERLAND and its DEMORAT roots…. these iLLEGAL ALIENS ARE CRIMINALS….. THEY MUST BE ROUNDED UP AND REMOVED PERIOD….. We MUST Follow our rules and laws folks….

  8. Bill Smiths says:

    I am from Baltimore and I support ICE and their attempt to get rid of all these illegals, there’s no doubt in my mind they are over loading the system. I love how the media what’s to make it seem that everybody in Baltimore is against ICE…FAKE NEWS all the way.

  9. Charity stars at home!! Look at OUR homeless problem so out of control, guess they are not important! IF you cannot even help OUR OWN how can you even think to begin helping someone else who BTW SNUBS our laws! If the same attention and force would be used to help our own homeless and hungry FIRST!! By know means should the ILLEGAL REFUGEES have or take priority above our own! SHAME ON YOU ALL WHO PUT ANYONE BEFORE OUR OWN! THEIR CAUSE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT THEN OUR OWN…

    1. Do your part turn in an ILLEGAL ALIENS! Anonymous tips may be reported on this form and may also be reported to ICE via the toll-free HSI Tip Line, (866) 347-2423

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