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Gulf Coast Immigration Information Center

This page contains information for organizations seeking to develop a plan to protect their communities against immigration raids and to respond effectively when a raid occurs.

  • "Pre-Raid Community Safety Plan" (National Immigration Project - English):  A short guide with steps that communities can take to prepare for immigration raids. 
  • "ICE Raid Toolkit" (Immigrant Defense Project and Center for Constitutional Rights - English): A resource providing information on raid tactics across administrations and the policies underlying those tactics. It also provides information for communities seeking to organize to protect themselves against and to respond to immigration raids. 
  • "From Raids to Deportation" (Detention Watch Network / National Immigration Project - English): Instructions for how to proceed after a raid has occurred.

Referrals to Legal Representation Resources



The American Immigration Lawyers Association also maintains a database of attorneys in each state at


Please note that administrative and enforcement immigration functions of the United States government are overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) carries out administrative functions, including the issuing of visas. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), are charged with enforcing immigration laws and protecting the U.S. borders. United States Immigration Courts are under the jurisdiction of the United States Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).


All the information on these websites and documents are meant to provide useful basic information about immigration law and detention. Please note that many of these resources originate from other jurisdictions and that the law in those jurisdictions may vary from that of the jurisdiction of your case. Under no circumstances do these resources constitute legal advice. It is always in your best interest to consult with an attorney competent in the area of law applicable to your case.