COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — An immigrant rights group held “bystander” training sessions Sunday for people who may be in the country illegally, and are at risk of getting arrested and deported.

This session comes days after confusion spread in Howard County that ICE was carrying out raids.

Officials said that was not true.

However, the group, CASA, has been busy in the last few weeks with the sessions to educate undocumented immigrants on what to do if ICE agents arrest them.

But Sunday, those sessions shifted to train people who may want to help the undocumented immigrants.

“The whole immigration system is broken,” said Elizabeth Alex from CASA.

The group said bystanders could help ensure that the rights of undocumented immigrants are not being violated.

“We know that frequently immigration enforcement happens very quickly and so once that clock starts ticking, faster we can help that person access an immigration attorney, the much better chances they have to be able to stay and fight their case,” Alex said.

Last Sunday, President Trump tweeted that ICE will start “big deportations” in two weeks.


And then days later, panic swept through a Columbia neighborhood after rumors spread that ICE was carrying out raids Wednesday morning.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said he is opposed to giving ICE any help to arrest undocumented people. But he also cleared up rumors.

He said there were no raids.

“We don’t support people being targeted based on the immigration status, and so when we heard that it was focused on criminal activity, we understood; however, Howard County wasn’t asked to participate and we didn’t participate,” Ball said.

During Sunday’s training, CASA had one main takeaway for all participants.

“Keeping your eyes open and contacting us when something happens,” Alex said.

CASA hosted the event with several other organizations.

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (4)
  1. BYE BYE ILLEGALS…Go back and be a burden and get your freebies in your your own country. Your not special SO STOP BREAKING OUR LAWS!!! And to the ones that unlawfully interfere lock them up and if our agents or officers feel threatened shoot them down…NEXT!

  2. Counting the days!! You days here ILLEGALLY are numbered, ICE is coming for ya! TRUMP 2020!! BTW take the CORRUPT DEMOCRATS WITH YOU… You both have destroyed our city!

  3. 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.

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  4. CASA here is a message you can pass along..ADIOS MUCHACHOS!! Glad to see ya go…NEXT!!

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