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Hotline Launched To Report Possible ICE Raids

LM Otero / AP
 

LM Otero / AP

A coalition of Sacramento faith and labor organizations launched a hotline for people to report possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids.

The group wants to track ICE activities in the county.

Gabby Trejo is Associate Director of Area Congregations Together.

She says while California hasn't seen large public raids like other states, there have been recent stories of ICE detaining people in their workplaces in the Sacramento area.

"What this is going to allow us to do is to actually say 'yes, they're happening,' or 'no, they're not happening,' right? Cause right now it's just stories and this will actually allow us to have concrete locations and where these are happening," says Trejo.

Volunteers or "legal observers" are dispatched to the incidents.

Trejo says they will not intervene in arrests, but will try to verify that ICE is detaining people.

They will also connect people to legal resources.

The head of ICE came to Sacramento in March and said his department's priority is to detain people who are a public safety threat.

The hotline number is (916) 245-6773.

Organizers are hoping to expand the hotline to nearby counties.

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