Simply as many people started to significantly surprise if the summer season of 2019 may get any bleaker, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) went forward and performed the largest-ever immigration raid in a single state. On August 7, ICE arrested almost 700 undocumented staff throughout six Mississippi food-processing vegetation. (ICE additionally raided a seventh plant, however there have been no staff current to arrest.)

For the households of these arrested, the authorized, monetary, and psychological fallout from the raids might have solely simply begun. Virtually instantly following the arrests, reviews circulated of terrified kids who’d come residence from faculty to find their dad and mom have been gone — an expertise of formative, and probably lingering, trauma. And, of the roughly 300 arrested staff which have reportedly been given courtroom dates and launched from detention, none have been allowed to return to work. Their fates stay unsure.

Worry of additional ICE crackdowns has Latinx communities all through the state of Mississippi, and throughout the nation, nervous for what the longer term might have in retailer. If that features you, know that you simply and your family members do not must face that uncertainty by yourself. Immigrant advocacy organizations nationwide are stepping as much as defend your rights and defend your dignity. And when you’re not an individual who wants immigration-related assist, think about serving to these organizations fund their important work.


The American Civil Liberties Union has undertaken quite a few latest authorized challenges in opposition to ICE. The ACLU can be concerned in monitoring and documenting state-by-state litigation that entails alleged violations of immigrants’ constitutional and statutory rights by immigration enforcement officers. The group’s nationwide web site has a database of sources for immigrants dealing with situations like detention close to the U.S. border, a deportation order, or a house raid by police or ICE. The knowledge is accessible in each Spanish and English, in addition to Arabic, Chinese language, Creole, Farsi, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Somali, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Individuals who want to donate to the nationwide workplace of the ACLU can achieve this right here.

Should you’d desire to direct your donation to the ACLU of Mississippi, you are able to do so right here. To donate to a different native affiliate, use this hyperlink to search out their web page.

2. Nationwide Immigrant Justice Heart

NIJC has a web page devoted to authorized and logistical info for immigrants who wish to put together for ICE raids and different immigration enforcement actions. All info is accessible in each Spanish and English. The group additionally offers low-cost or free authorized help and knowledge to low-income immigrants in Chicago, the place NIJC is headquartered.

NIJC additionally operates in Northern Indiana, Gurnee, Illinois, and Washington D.C. You possibly can donate right here.

three. MS Raids Act Blue

This Act Blue fundraising web page was arrange in direct response to the Mississippi raids. Until a donor specifies in any other case, all donations are cut up evenly between the ACLU of Mississippi, the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, and 4 different native and nationwide organizations which can be working with the affected households. You possibly can donate right here.

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four. Interfaith Neighborhood for Detained Immigrants

Tara Tidwell Cullen, director of communications for NIJC, tells Attract that this fellow Chicago-based immigrant assist group additionally belongs on our checklist. “[The Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants] offers interfaith non secular visitation for detained immigrants, in addition to accompaniment for people after they’re launched from detention,” Cullen says.

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