Soldier and Advocates To Start Community Patrols To Protect Immigrants from Unlawful ICE Raids 

Cesar Vargas. Foto Facebook.

Staten Island, NY — Cesar Vargas, New York’s first undocumented attorney and Soldier in the U.S. Reserve, along with community advocates from Dream Action Coalition, La Colmena Community Job Center, and the Above Ground Railroad will start organizing community patrols throughout Staten Island to alert of ICE presence and protect immigrants from unlawful raids and arrests. 
 
Derived from a military concept called “Fire Guard Duty” where two or more soldiers patrol a military encampment throughout the night to alert others in case of emergencies, Cesar Vargas and advocates will similarly deploy two volunteers to patrol neighborhoods on Staten Island where ICE has had a high presence.
 
Soldiers on “fire guard duty” are up for a one-hour shift until they wake the next pair of soldiers. Volunteers will each patrol for a one-hour shift from 5AM to 8AM—hours when ICE generally executes enforcements actions at homes. Volunteers will be wearing green vests to have an identifiable presence that the community will recognize. 
 
“Employing any tool we have, including my military training, is critical to ensure ICE sees the presence of the community protecting the rights of our immigrant neighbors. Our main goal is to ensure the community knows not to sign, say anything without speaking with an attorney and not open the door if ICE does not have a valid judicial warrant. It’s important we document and alert the public of unlawful and intimidating ICE enforcement actions,” said Cesar Vargas.
 

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA.Com (MLN). Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia (UDC). Email: [email protected]

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