On Sunday, plans to arrest thousands of people in various cities across the U.S. will be implement by ICE officials. They will be looking for people issued final removal orders, BuzzFeed reports, and taken to detention centers in Allentown, Texas.

The move was originally threatened in June by President Donald Trump, but was cancelled when agents expressed concern over the potential damage to families. According to sources inside, nothing has been done to address those concerns and ICE has not coordinated with child welfare officials for Sunday.

Original concerns indicated that officials were unsure how to “arrest a baby,” which could certainly come up if parents were being arrested. One lawyer weighed in on Twitter about how such a thing would be possible:

Undeniably, the raids Sunday will break up families, separating some children from their parents forever. And understandably, protests have erupted in cities targeted for raids.

Democrats seem to be powerless to stop the plans, but many of them have shared advice on the rights of immigrants and the limitations of ICE when it comes to arrests, including Hillary Clinton and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

ICE cannot enter a household without a warrant. Migrants are also advised to remain silent if questioned, to not sign any paperwork, to record every encounter, and to seek legal representation whenever possible.

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi also shared relevant info, saying, “An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If that is the only document ICE brings to a home raid, ICE does not have a legal right to enter a home.”

The raids will be devastating to people taken into detainment, but the fear-mongering around the raids have their own collateral. Check your resources, know your rights, and share verified information. Even if you personally don’t fear arrest, you might have the knowledge necessary to protect someone who does.

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*First Published: July 13, 2019, 10:46 am