Activists, attorneys meet in Raleigh following surge in ICE arrests

Wake County News
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Uriel Rodriguez, 13, and his mother, Carmen, have been on edge after hearing about ICE arrests around North Carolina.

“It’s my future that I’m fighting for here,” Uriel Rodriguez told CBS 17. “People are just scared to go out because they’re scared of the police. Not just ICE. They’re scared to go out.”

Last week, ICE Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher spoke out after agents arrested 200 people around the state. 

That included 30 arrests in a raid at a Sanford firearms manufacturing facility.

“I would say the new normal is you will see more visible ICE presence out in the communities,” Gallagher said. 

Friday, activists and attorneys stood before a community at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh to provide information.

“We need to come together, united,” Faisal Khan with the Carolina Peace Center said. “We need to put our differences aside.”

They also talked about what rights people in the community have. 

“I feel it’s important for people in the community to understand their rights when they’re approached by ICE; either in their car, their home, walking down the street, in any situation,” immigration attorney Pooyan Ordoubadi said. 

Khan said his group plans on holding another similar event in Greensboro next week.  

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