Community organizers are trying to prepare families for immigration raids, which federal authorities refer to as targeted enforcement.
The raids reportedly target roughly 2,000 people with final orders of removal. That includes families whose immigration cases had been fast-tracked by judges.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement that they prioritize the arrest and removal of "unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security." They also said anyone in violation of immigration laws is subject to arrest and removal from the U.S."
The arrests are scheduled to begin Sunday, but advocates have been preparing for weeks.
The Rapid Response Network is the biggest effort, which includes several organizations like Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and Colorado Jobs with Justice.
The way it works, people who are seeing ICE activity in their neighborhood call a hotline number, the Rapid Response Network tries to confirm the activity and then sends resources along with attorneys to help respond.
"People are acting from a place of power, not fear," said Pamela Resendic with Colorado Jobs with Justice, "they don't have to sign anything and they have the legal right to an attorney."
Attorneys on call with the network, like Cristina Uribe Reyes with Uribe Reyes Law, are willing to help families pro-bono.
ICE says they are targeting people with deportation orders. Attorney Uribe Reyes says there are many reasons why people might get one.
"It could've been that they missed court, it could've been a number of reasons and there are a lot of times that the person simply doesn't get a notice of a hearing and they weren't even aware they had a hearing on such and such date," said Uribe Reyes.
She said sometimes the language barriers can cause problems, "there's been cases that I've seen where the individual confuses January which is abbreviated JAN for June which is abbreviated as JUN and they just confused the months."
One of the biggest reasons why they're pushing for folks to know their rights is because ICE agents have to prove that someone is in the country illegally, said Uribe Reyes.
To do that, they can conduct interviews. If they go to a home on a deportation order and there are other people in the home, ICE can conduct interviews and see who else is in the country illegally.
That can result in additional arrests even if the other people didn't have a warrant out for their arrest.
Attorney Uribe Reyes says some of her clients have canceled planned road trips because they're afraid of what might happen this weekend.
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