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Former Congressman Fundraises for Immigrants’ ‘Rapid Response’ Network

The National Partnership for New Americans today kicked off a national fundraising campaign featuring former Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) advocating for the rapid-response legal service that reaches out to families before, during and after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids take place.

The NPNA Family Protection Network includes 35 organizations across 37 states, and offers “Know-Your-Rights” training to immigrant communities.

“Under President Trump families are separated at the border, and children are put in cages and camps. Across our nation families are destroyed through raids and deportations,” said Gutierrez. “This isn’t about politics. This is about allowing families to be together, for children to not be terrified of losing their parents, and for us to come together as a community to protect our neighbors.“

The announcement comes the week after ICE detained 680 people in a series of raids at food processing plants in Mississippi. The network uses more than 15,300 Community Navigators, or “Promotores,” as rapid response teams to educate migrants on their rights as well as creating Family Protection Plans to ensure that children of immigrants suddenly detained are properly cared for.

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