Recently, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the town of Moab, leaving the entire community jolted. ICE has raided this area before. When they did, they targeted undocumented immigrants who had DUI convictions.
This time, there seemed to be no pattern. Some had a criminal history, some did not.
Rhiana Medina, the executive director of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, has been working with the families of those who were detained. She said the detainees had trouble getting meals and beds to sleep on.
Federal agents are clamping down on undocumented immigrants. They take their direction mainly from the President and the US Attorney General, who have made their views on immigrants known.
What many people are forgetting is that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are people with families. They have ties to the local economy and community.
Turn On The News
Look at the news a few times a week and you are sure to see stories about immigration. Here are some numbers from the PEW Research Center:
- Over 11 million undocumented immigrants
- 8 million undocumented workers contributing to the economy
- Over 3 million brought to the country when they were under 18 years old
- Over 800,000 DACA recipients
What they rarely show you are the real faces behind the numbers. We do not usually get to see the stories of why people come here.
They are fleeing a dangerous life, choosing to keep their families safe from violence and drugs. They are seeking better economic opportunities.
They are trying to get here to be with their family members who are here legally, but legal process takes entirely too long.
They are real people who are working for a better life. Not criminals bent on destroying the country.
When federal agents raid a town or a business, doing so is meant to instill fear in the community, and we do not believe that is right. Even people here legally fear what is happening in this country, a place they came to so they could realize their dreams and secure a good future for their children.
How To Move Forward
If you or a loved one are undocumented and in the US, we know how difficult these times can be for you. From one day to the next, you have no idea what will happen to your status.
Will there be a raid?
Will DACA recipients get deported?
If your family is trying to leave a dangerous situation in your home country, will they be able to get asylum in the US?
At Familia America, we want to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to assist you and your loved ones through all immigration processes. Whether you are working to get a green card, a family member to the country with you, or sorting through the DACA process, we will be here for you.