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Impending ICE raids expected this weekend

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Published on October 7, 2019 -
2,000 people have been targeted for deportation this weekend.
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Impending ICE raids expected this weekend

A series of ice raids set to unfold around the nation sunday will target about two thousand people for deportation.

Most of them are believed to be people who have recentl* entered the u-s -- but that's not easing fears among those who've lived in the u-s for a long time without legal status.

Sara sidner reports.

This undocumented father says he's never felt this much stress and fear in his 15 years living and working in the united states.

Sara sidner/cnn"what did you think when you heard that the raids were happening again?"

Natsot/ undocumented immigrant "it's very stressful, it's like you have a disease that's killing you.

Like cancer, something that makes you feel desperation," he says natsot/police "police, open the door."

Fear and desperation are exploding in immigrant communities across the country, after the trump administration announced raids by immigration and customs enforcement agents set to begin this weekend.

Natsot/ undocumented immigrant "psychologically you live in fear, pressure, you live thinking that any day, any moment you will be get a knock on the door."

He lays out his documents to show he pays his taxes.

Worked hard as a repairman to achieve the american dream.

Sara sidner/cnn "do you think the president has achieved his goal of making people who are here undocumented want to leave?"

Natsot/ undocumented immigrant "yes, he's achieved that.

There are many people who don't have a choice," he says.

But he knows the life they built together in california could be wiped away with a knock on the door from an ice agent.

He says he left el salvador for economic reasons.

After his first wife died in childbirth and he could not make enough money to provide for his three children there.

He entered the us illegally via the rio grande in 2005, missed a court date, and a court ordered his deportation.

He says that is his only crime.

He's been trying to remedy it through the courts, which includes making scheduled visits with ice -- which leaves him even more vulnerable.

At his church... natsot/pastor "i'm putting myself, my church at risk."

His pastors make clear they're willing to face the consequences of helping the undocumented.

Ada valiente/pastor "this is what we need to do.

We need to walk beside our vulnerable."

Their church is a member of a network of churches preparing emergency shelter for people to go into hiding in the short term.

And if need be, indefinitely.

Melvin valiente/pastor "we have a higher law.

The law of love, compassion, and the law of god."

## some undocumented immigrants say they feel like they are preparing for a hurricane.

They are stocking up on supplies... afraid to leave their homes.

## in spring of 2018 -- several people living in tehama and butte counties told action news now - family members were detained during a series of ice raids.

Today -- we asked people in the north state how they're feeling about the planned deportations.

Many people chose not to share their views on camera..

Some said they don't agree with the planned raids.

I think its terrible i think its turning america into a police state everyone has to have their papers with them at all times.

And you can be stopped and searched for no reason.

I think its a way of creating a terrorist society.

I just want to welcome everybody but i know a lot of people like my family have mixed feeling about things being done the proper way or like if we have rules set up we should go by those rules.

At this time we have not received any reports of raids happening in the north state.

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