Professor Elizabeth Keyes, director of the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, was interviewed by reporter Armando Trull from radio station WAMU (88.5 FM) about recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that have frightened immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area, which is home to about 300,000 Central Americans.
The raids come after the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked President Barack Obama’s executive order to overhaul immigration rules, which would have provided up to 5 million migrants with work permits and at least temporary protection from deportation.
On the heels of a recent raid by ICE on an apartment building in Langley Park, Md., Keyes spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of Central American migrants.
“People were standing, people were sitting on the floor — it is a very packed room,” Keyes said. “People are terrified about these raids, people are confused, people think they’re going to be picked up and people want good information.”
Listen to the story, “ICE Raids Sow Fear Among Central Americans in the D.C. Area.”