Kenyans living in the US illegally have been asked to take President Donald Trump’s threat of deportation with seriousness.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conducted a raid on Sunday in search of families living in the states illegally for deportation.
However, the over 2000 families have a sigh of relieve as Trump opted to postpone the directive for two weeks after Democrats requested the same.
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!” Trump said in a tweet.
“Any non-US citizen (including a Green Card holder) can be arrested by ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] for an immigration violation,” said Charles Wanjohi, a Kenyan attorney based in North Carolina.
“My advice to our fellow countrymen in the US during these times of heightened vigilance is to avoid criminal activities—DUI and domestic violence; avoid local and state violations, including traffic violations and if you are not in good status, ensure you have consulted an experienced immigration attorney for the available legal options to regularize your stay and start taking steps towards that,” Wanjohi added.
The Kenyans living there have been making use of social media to spread awareness to other fellows in the country.
“We can’t assume that everybody is aware of the planned raids. Some people work almost around the clock, and that’s the reason we are sharing this information about the planned raids,” Sam Omari, a Kenyan living in Jersey City, New Jersey told Daily Nation.