What is an “ICE raid?”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal law enforcement agency that has the authority to round up people suspected of violating federal immigration laws — particularly those with criminal records — without warning.[3476] During a raid, uniformed, armed ICE agents may surround a person’s home and order occupants to open up or come outside for questioning. They can then arrest and potentially order the deportation of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Under Donald Trump’s presidency, ICE raids have become more common in many California neighborhoods.[3477]

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    ABC News, “An ICE Home Raid Explainer” (Apr. 10, 2013), available at http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/ice-home-raid/story?id=18896252.

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    San Jose Mercury News, “Bay Area immigrant families prepare for ICE raids with emergency plans” (Mar. 2, 2018), available at https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/01/immigrant-families-prepare-for-ice-raids-with-emergency-plans/.