Responding to ICE raids: Power, not Panic

The Trump ICE raids are a real, frightening threat. Here's what advocates say we should do

We’ve all heard the reports that ICE is planning a series of raids in Northern California. The Trump Administration is now talking about sending subpoenas to public officials in sanctuary cities to find out if they are cooperating with federal immigration officials.

We got an alert today that there was ICE activity in the Mission, which turned out to be a false alarm.

A message from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. See more here:

But the threat is very, very real, and the San Francisco School District is holding meetings with parents and talking about how to respond if raids happen. It’s scary.

One of the first things that made me nervous about the vote to make Mark Farrell the interim mayor was his very lukewarm position on the sanctuary city policy. My advice to the mayor: Come out immediately, and strongly, in support of the existing policy. Make it clear that even if you didn’t entirely agree with it, this is the law of the city and you are going to enforce it.

He gave us a pretty good sign with a couple of tweets today:

But he still needs to go further. He needs to hold a public event with advocates and make it very clear that nobody in his administration – including the SFPD – will an any way cooperate with ICE, and that he will personally stand up to any subpoena or other efforts from Trump to undermine the city’s policies.

Politics aside, everyone needs to be alert for signs of ICE activity. The campaign to protect local immigrants is called “Power, not Panic,” and activists have a set of hotline numbers to call if you see what appears to be an ICE raid or ICE agents on surveillance.

Here are the numbers for the Bay Area:

CE activity hotline
San Francisco: (415) 200-1548
Alameda County: (510) 241-4011 (also taking Contra Costa calls for now)
San Mateo (+ SF, Oakland, Berkeley): (203) 666-4472
Santa Clara County: (408) 290-1144
Marin County: (415) 991-4545
North Bay (Sonoma, Solano): (707) 800-4544
Sacramento: (916) 245-6773
Santa Cruz County: (831) 239-4289
Monterey County: (831) 643-5255
Fresno: (559) 206-0151

The California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance has an excellent guide to preparing for the Trump attack.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has vowed to defend any resident detained in an ICE raid. “ICE’s threats are outrageous and designed to terrorize immigrant community members. But we will not be afraid. Our highly trained staff stands ready to defend the rights of all San Franciscans regardless of immigration status,” said Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

If someone you know is arrested in an ICE raid in San Francisco, call the PD’s immigration hotline at 415-553-1428.

If you need help with immigration services, call the SF Office of Community Engagement and Immigration Services at 415-581-2360.

I hope Gov. Jerry Brown tells the Trump Administration that he will defend the rights of all Californians – and use the resources of the state to help fight any subpoenas or other legal attacks on sanctuary cities.

In the meantime: Power, not Panic.


  1. What an asshole you sound like.
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  2. What an asshole you sound like.
    What an asshole you sound like.
    What an asshole you sound like.
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  3. Ken Richard, I take it your “alien” grandparents crossed the Atlantic because there is NOTHING AMERICAN about that last name.

    And just for the record asshole, the correct and respectful term -if you wish any- is


    No human being is illegal. Caucasians? Yes, millions of them, but you are privileged, so you get special treatment because as you wrote your twisted history, you ‘settled” -illegally- through the use of force, rape, and murder on foreign lands.

    Our lands. Those of Mexico. NOT YOURS.

    Personally, folks of your type “WHITE- are the only illegal aliens I’m aware of. Perhaps you need read what General Lee of the Confederacy thought when the white man stole the lands of Mexico. He ought to know, after all, his first and only other war besides that of the Civil was the Mexican War.

    I believe you do not know for if you did, you would shut your fucking racist mouth!

    What an asshole you sound like.

  4. I didn’t say it was a bad idea, Tim. I said there’s very little the city and county of SF can do for an illegal immigrant if they’re targeted by ICE. That’s the domain of the federal government and while the city can help hire them an attorney – there’s really little else concrete any party can do in this type of situation.

  5. That amounts to a blanket witness protection program for illegal aliens as potential allies in reporting crimes not yet committed or contemplated. We need to protect you, to shield you from the authorities, in case some crime occurs that you might witness and want to report. Really? If you don’t mind, a couple of book recommendations: “Candide” and “Pollyanna” are two you might want to add to your nap sack, Hayseed.

  6. If you believe that people who enter the US illegally should have the support of local government and that people should decide at their own discretion as to whether or not they want to enter the US, at their own will, regardless of the law, then you should travel abroad sometime, you may be surprised to discover how much importance governments place on such primary issues.

  7. Sanctuary City has never been about the SFPD firing on federal agents. The idea is that immigrants can send their kids to school, take a sick kid to the hospital, reporter a crime against them, etc. without fearing that city officials will report them to ICE. Why Snaps is that a bad idea?

  8. Perhaps people might be more inclined to agree with ICE protests if San Francisco hadn’t spent more than $1 Million by providing 5 attorneys to defend Garcia Zarate, who killed Ms Steinle. That money would have provided innocent people defense against deportation.

  9. Most of the raids I have seen in the press were aimed at gangs and criminals, or at employers who hire illegals. I hope ICE is not too aggressive. I personally benefit from their cheap labor.

  10. Here’s the sad fact Tim and other “immigration advocates” won’t tell you – there’s little to nothing the city and county of SF can do for you if you’re here illegally and are detained by ICE. The SFPD are not going to open fire on federal agents to save you. There’s also no legal defense to overstaying one’s visa so while legal assistance may delay the inevitable, in the end you’re going to be deported. The power of the federal government in this area is absolute, the ability of local or state government to protect and defend you is almost nil.

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