ACLU preparing rapid response team to handle deportation cases in Colorado

DENVER -- Alejandra Ramirez is an American of Hispanic descent who says, despite being a citizen, she lives in fear.

“I have never been more scared to live in the United States. I don't know what tomorrow is going to bring,” said Alejandra Ramirez.

Ramirez says everyone in the Hispanic community knows of an undocumented immigrant. She has friends and family that aren't in the country legally.

“It's very scary to know that friends, family and loved ones don't know if they will be here tomorrow,” said Ramirez.

ACLU Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein says in the past, deportation raids targeted undocumented immigrants with serious criminal convictions. But now, all undocumented immigrants, regardless of their criminal record, are targets.

“Almost anyone who doesn't have legal status is an enforcement priority, according to this new presidential executive orders,” said Mark Silverstein.

The ACLU is now working with national law firms who are training lawyers to respond to handle deportation cases around the country at no cost.

“Everyone in this country -- citizens, legal permanent residents and persons without legal status -- all have a right to due process,” said Silverstein. 

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