Campaign strategies can include
- Community calls to the Deportation Officer to ask that they grant a Stay of Removal.
- Petitions to the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In New York, the ERO head is currently Thomas Decker.
- Different actions whether online or in person.
- Influx of calls made daily to deportation officers.
Community members must decide what feels safe for themselves and their families. Campaign plans must be tailored based on the case. This should go hand in hand with any legal or media strategy that might exist.
Create an organizing strategy
When you take on someone’s case you must be clear on what the demands are and what is the moral crisis. Why is this particular case important to highlight? Not every case will be granted a stay of removal, not every person qualifies for relief, but we know that our people do not belong in detention centers and so we tap into community power for the liberation of our people. This is not a legal strategy, meaning that a lawyer should not be running a campaign plan but be working alongside someone who can. Is the person detained part of an organization, and do they have community support? Can people be mobilized? If so reach out to that organization and ask for support.
Build a campaign plan
Make sure you know all the details of the person you are working with, including their criminal record. If the detained person authorizes the attorney to share information with organizers, organizers can work in collaboration with the lawyer representing the person detained. Organizing and legal working together can be a powerful force.
Understand the timeline
How long has this person been detained? Are they about to be detained? Is there enough time to create pressure on their case? Can an effective campaign be drafted? Is there an immediate need that calls for quick escalation? These questions can help you create a plan of action.