PRESS RELEASE: Franciscans Wary of ICE Cancellation of ‘Operation Mega’ Raids

For Immediate Release
September 8, 2017
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Franciscans Wary of ICE Cancellation of ‘Operation Mega’ Raids

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday the Interfaith Immigration Coalition learned that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) planned national ICE raids, labeled “Operation Mega”, set to sweep up 8,400 undocumented immigrants between September 16th and 21st.  Last night, DHS cancelled those raids after NBC reported the plans, supposedly because of major hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

Does this mean that raids will happen in other parts of the country? Will the timing of the raids be postponed? “We don’t know,” declared Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network (FAN), “but what we do know is that the proposed plan, whether it occurs or not, is morally abhorrent. We cannot trust the word of DHS/ICE given their history of raids, so we urge all undocumented immigrants, while not panicking, to remain alert and be sure to know their rights.”

Following the Administration’s announcement of rescission of DACA, there has been public outrage against this decision coming not only from faith groups and immigrant organizations, but also from corporations, governors, mayors and attorney generals across the country. FAN intends to continue fighting for the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017, and for families of DACA recipients. The need for comprehensive immigration reform becomes clearer with each anti-immigrant act such as the proposed ICE raids. “Our Christian faith and Franciscan commitment to people who are vulnerable and mistreated call us to stand with immigrants who do not have legal documents but who have raised families and work productively in this country, and desire citizenship,” stated Patrick Carolan. “We will continue to work with them in their fight for justice.”