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ACLU Asks Illegal Immigrants To Inform Against ICE If Questioned During Hurricane Evacuation

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter

The ACLU asked illegal immigrants to alert them Wednesday if questioned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while evacuating from Hurricane Michael’s path.

The ACLU told illegal immigrants over Twitter that they have a right to evacuate from the storm’s path “without fear of deportation,” despite ICE’s announced suspension of deportations in Florida and Alabama. The organization also asked illegal immigrants to call them in the event that ICE conducts sweeps in areas under evacuation orders. (RELATED: It’s A ‘Worst-Case-Scenario’ As Hurricane Michael Nears Category 5 Strength Before Landfall)

“Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety,” said Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Secretary, according to NBC News. “In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to Michael, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.”

ICE typically suspends immigration enforcement in areas due to be affected by hurricanes, as they did earlier in 2018 with Hurricane Florence and in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey.

The ACLU has long opposed ICE’s operations, particularly with regard to the enforcement of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration, the separation of children from illegal immigrant families at the border, keeping those families together by detaining all of them as opposed to just the adults, and deporting illegal immigrants in general.

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