Families for Freedom, a New York-based human rights organization, has promised to fight on behalf of immigrants living in the city if President Elect Donald Trump keeps his campaign promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants.
“We want to fight and we’re definitely not afraid,” said Abraham Paulos, executive director of Families for Freedom, speaking at an Immigrant Rights Teach-In at NYU Law School on November 28.
The organization is concerned about two specific federal agencies within the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)—Customs and Border Protection, which is responsible for securing America’s borders, and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) which identifies, detains and deports illegal immigrants.
“In my mind, what we’re going through right now, is social cleansing basically”- Abraham Paulos, Families for Freedom
Donald Trump plans to triple the number of ICE agents when he takes office, according to his website.
“ICE are the people who wake us up between five and eight in the morning, and take our families away from us. They’re not just the jailer but also the prosecutor,” Paulos said.
Under a Trump administration, the people most at risk of deportation are those who outstayed their visa or those who crossed the border.
“In my mind, what we’re going through right now, is social cleansing basically,” Paulos said.
Anyone at high risk of deportation, particularly immigrants with a criminal record or gang affiliations, should reach out to Families for Freedom for assistance, he added.
Families for Freedom is a New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation. The organization is run by immigrant prisoners (detainees), former immigrant prisoners, their loved ones, or individuals at risk of deportation.
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