BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is one of several cities nationwide targeted for raids by Immigration and Customs officials.

President Trump confirmed those raids were scheduled to start Sunday, but so far, there has not been any official word on ICE activity in the Baltimore area.

Several immigration advocates told WJZ however, the announcement has the community on edge.

Sunday also marked the First Annual Latin American Heritage Festival highlighting and celebrating Latin culture, food, music and dance.

“It is interesting what is happening today nationwide where there is raids and people getting arrested, we are coming out as a community and saying here we are.” said Angelo Solera, executive director Nuestros Raises Inc.

The group is devoted to educating and promoting Latino culture.

“When people talk about the Latino communities, it’s always about the same thing, illegal immigration and it’s much more than that.” Solera said.

Jesus Perez is one of the event organizers. He said that attendance is lower than expected because of the concern for an impending ICE raid.

“There’s been a lot of questions of people asking us how secure we were and we’re telling them that we’re in the public view and so far we’ve been having a peaceful event with people enjoying the event,” Perez said.

President Trump confirmed reports that ICE plans to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants who have missed court dates or have been issued orders to leave the country.

But, the City of Baltimore has gone on record to refuse to cooperate with arrests.

“Our message is really clear, Baltimore is a welcoming city. And we want our police focused on crime and particularly violent crime. We do not want them working in collaboration with ICE to go after people who are here producing, who are working, contributing, raising families.” Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Councilman.

Mayor Jack Young called President Trump’s initiative a policy against children, while the Baltimore Police Department maintains that it does not ask someone about their immigration status.

“Immigration is for federal enforcement and those authorities should do that, that’s not for local law enforcement. Our policy is built on that and we stand and make that commitment for our community,” said BPD Commissioner Michael Harrison.

Immigration advocates want people to be aware of their legal rights if approached by an ICE officer. They suggest getting in contact with Safe City Baltimore.

According to President Trump, the raids are scheduled to last several days.

Rachel Menitoff

Comments (4)
  1. These raids happened for years under Obama said Jeh Johnson formerly DHS secretary under Obama. The outrage by democrats is nothing but selective outrage because its President Trump. 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 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? 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/Socialists 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. Tickedoff Person says:

    I think it’s great that LEGAL Latino’s had a festival .