Activists Protest January Raids

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Eduardo Paredes, a privately practicing attorney in Los Angeles, focuses on criminal as well as immigration matters. Eduardo Paredes has offered counsel on a broad range of deportation cases and maintains an in-depth knowledge of current immigration law.

After a series of raids against immigrant families from Central America, advocacy groups have joined forces to express their outrage. In early February, the White House received a letter from a collective of more than 75 individual organizations, including the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), calling for temporary protective status for at-risk individuals. These groups also denounced the inhumane nature of the raids, which have threatened relations between the White House and Latino communities.

President Barack Obama had previously attempted to ease relations with Latino groups by implementing a program that would allow undocumented immigrants to gain work permits, though this program has since been suspended. However, many communities feel that the 2016 raids have broken a tenuous trust by targeting women and children at risk of physical harm in their home countries. The White House has responded to criticism by seeking out alternative solutions for those fleeing Central America, while opponents to the raids continued to speak out and demand an end to deportation of those who seek safety in the United States.

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