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Ahead Of ICE Raids, Miami Advocacy Groups Set Up Secret Shelters For Immigrants In Fear

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IRFAN KHAN
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LOS ANGELES TIMES/ TNS via Miami Herald
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents search for an undocumented immigrant at his mother’s house in Riverside, California, in 2015. ";

An expected crackdown by immigration authorities throughout the country on Sunday is spreading panic among undocumented immigrants in South Florida, with some families deciding to leave their homes or the state altogether, and advocates preparing safe sanctuary spaces in secret locations for those seeking to avoid being caught up in the raids.

“It feels like the apocalypse,” a spokesperson for a national immigrant advocacy group said. “But unfortunately you have to do what you have to do.”

One Florida group told the Miami Herald it is readying various private homes in advance of Sunday’s deportation efforts, as well as canvassing neighborhoods statewide and passing out fliers on immigrant rights in English, Spanish and Creole.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald