HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
This toolkit is designed to help communities prevent deportations by keeping local police separaterom immigration enorcement. The essential link between police and ICE is the ICE hold request,also known as an immigration detainer. On the basis o ICE hold requests, state and local police holdpeople in jail longer in order to hand them over to ICE. Without police departments willing to submitto ICE hold requests, ICE would not be able to apprehend and deport so many people. Even i SecureCommunities, (g) and the Criminal Alien Program continue to operate, they are only as eectiveas ICE hold requests allow them to be. The hold request is what actually allows ICE to apprehend anddeport people. Several communities have succeeded in enacting policies to stop submitting to ICEhold requests, and this toolkit is designed to help other communities establish similar policies.
The Guide has parts and an appendix
Staging Your Campaign Against ICE Hold Requestsis an orientation to organizing on thisissue, ocusing on how to identiy your targets, deine your goals, and build coalitions toestablish a better ICE hold policy in your community. This section provides a basic ramework or understanding and organizing around immigration enorcement in your community,without going into excessive detail.
The Basics on PoliceICE Collusionprovides essential inormation about what ICE holdrequests are and how they work, an outline o the criminal justice process and how inormation isshared with ICE throughout, and general analysis o the eects o ICE hold requests on the criminalsystem. This section is important to helping you understand how ICE works with your police, so that youcan develop eective strategies or countering immigration enorcement at the local level.
Into the Weeds: More Strategic Inormation For a Campaign to Stop Turning People over to ICEdelvesinto the details o issues, arguments, messages, and resources that may be important in a localcampaign to stop police rom holding people or ICE, including stories and case studies rom ongoingcampaigns. Particularly important is the complex analysis o how much ICE hold requests cost, whatother laws you need to look out or, and advice about the diicult messaging o campaigns that involvecriminal justice issues.
The Appendixcompiles a variety o sample materials, act sheets, talking points, lyers, ICErecords, and dierent ordinances related to ICE hold requests. Look here or templates towork rom on your own campaign materials. The Appendix is available as a separate documentrom the National Immigration Project.
I you want more detailed assistance with an ICE hold campaign inyour community, please contact:
National Immigration Project o the National Lawyers Guild:Lena Graber, firstname.lastname@example.org [
]Paromita Shah, email@example.com [
]Immigrant Legal Resource Center:Angie Junck, firstname.lastname@example.org [
San Francisco, CA
] Immigrant Deense Project:Michelle Fei, email@example.com [
New York, NY
]Alisa Wellek, firstname.lastname@example.org [
New York, NY
]National Immigration Law Center:Melissa Keaney, email@example.com [
Los Angeles, CA