Immigration advocates are warning millions of undocumented immigrants to prepare to be deported following President Donald Trump's announcement that federal law enforcement authorities will begin deportation proceedings.
Trump made the announcement in a tweet that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will "begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States."
Whether mass deportations happen or if they are a scare tactic to keep those thinking about coming to the United States from making the journey from places such as Central America remains to be seen. What is true is that immigrants must be ready to take action.
An official in the Trump administration told The Associated Press that federal judges have signed off on the deportation of more than 1 million people who remain in the United States, and they are expected to be the focus of the order.
The most people deported in one year was 409,824 in 2012.
A mass deportation would affect countless undocumented immigrants who come from mixed families: parents who are in the U.S. illegally raising children who were born here and are American citizens.
Undocumented immigrants need to make a plan with a trusted friend or family member not subject to deportation about how to care for the children – just in case.
An attorney well-versed in immigration law can advise those subject to deportation about their rights, about what federal officials can and can't do, about search warrant requirements and such. Everyone in the United States – citizen or not a citizen – has rights that the government can't violate.