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Why You Should Attend
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has broad authority and discretion in respect to how it enforces immigration laws within the constraints of federal law and the Constitution. Under the current administration, ICE has been authorized to remove more categories of immigrants in the United States than before and to more frequently use summary removal procedures that may bypass counsel and the due process protections afforded by removal hearings.
In response to these challenges, legal service providers and community based organizations have come together in Northern California to form rapid response networks to provide emergency legal services and ensure due process to individuals arrested by ICE.
The first part of this training is designed to provide immigration attorneys with the knowledge and tools to defend against the most common removal procedures used by ICE. The training will focus on the immediate legal actions that attorneys may need to take on the day or in the days after someone is arrested and detained.
The second part of the training will provide an overview of the various models in Northern California and components of rapid response work. This includes linking rapid response and detained representation, responding to large scale enforcement, and developing a data collection strategy. The training will also focus on how attorneys and community members can work together to protect immigrant communities.
What You Will Learn
• Legal analysis, practical tips, and tools for immigration attorneys to quickly assess, advise, and defend clients against ICE enforcement actions.
• Different models for attorney coordination and rapid response in Northern California.
• How to work with community-based organizations when responding to ICE enforcement.
Who Should Attend
Immigration attorneys interested in assisting immigrant clients who are subject to ICE enforcement actions, and/or attorneys who are interested in setting up rapid response networks in their region. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of immigration law.