Inside The Fight To Get Justice For Detained Migrants In Trump’s America

“It can be very difficult to see the pain in people’s faces and the panic,” a director of the legal aid group RAICES said.

Interview (Texas)

Nicole Pajer
Huffington Post
November 10, 2018

Tags: Deportation, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: RAICES (Texas)


RAICES is just one part of a large network of advocates, activists, lawyers and volunteers who spring into action after an ICE raid or a new wave of detentions at the U.S.-Mexico border. Under the Trump administration, ICE arrests jumped 17 percent and removals increased 9 percent between October 2017 and June 2018. Border Patrol apprehended over 107,212 people in a family unit during the 2018 fiscal year ― a 42 percent increase over 2017 ― and 50,036 unaccompanied children, a 21 percent increase.

August saw a massive ICE presence in Sumner, Texas, where agents arrested 159 people at a trailer manufacturing company. RAICES offered legal services to 170 people as a result of the raid and helped pay bond for 20 or so detainees, according to NBC.

Peña sat down with HuffPost to explain what it’s like working to connect undocumented people with legal representation and shared some of the biggest challenges she and her colleagues face.