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With No ICE Raids Sunday, Advocates Turn Efforts To Raising Awareness Of Immigrant Rights

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Charlie Ortega Guifarro
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Miami Herald
A truck sits parked outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Miramar on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

When the immigration dragnet anticipated for Miami and eight other cities on Sunday failed to materialize by early morning, South Florida advocacy groups redirected their efforts from helping detainees to spreading information and awareness of immigrant rights.

They knocked on doors in immigrant-heavy neighborhoods, canvassed churches and supermarkets, and worked to harness the emotional energy of expected raids into a sustained sense of preparedness.

In a Pompano Beach neighborhood about two miles from the Broward Transitional Center detention facility on North Powerline Road, volunteers with the New Florida Majority handed out “Know-Your-Rights” flyers and spoke with residents on their way to work or taking morning walks.

“These moments are not just about fear,” said Carlos Naranjo, an organizer with the left-leaning nonprofit group. “We’re using this as a type of fuel to communicate to our community that there are many ways to defend ourselves ... We want to respond with love and unity.”

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald