Marta Rodriguez walked out the front door of the Baltimore Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office and everyone cheered.
The crowd of 100 or so friends, family, church members, and organizers–holding signs with phrases like “sanctuary for all,” “keep families together” and “we stand with Marta”–had accompanied her to her ICE check-in earlier this morning, because they weren’t sure if she was coming back.
Rodriguez, a mother of six who is undocumented but has a work permit, has been coming to this office at 31 Hopkins Plaza for nine years, usually alone, for her twice-yearly check-in with ICE. The visits have always been routine formalities. But the last time she came, on March 29, one of the ICE officers told her she should bring a plane ticket to Honduras for her next check-in, her husband German Cedillo told me while we waited outside.
“These have been routine check-ins,” said Jennifer Amuzie, an organizer with the D.C.-based group Sanctuary DMV. But since the Trump administration has expanded the pool of people it is targeting for deportation, more people are worried about what will happen when they show up.
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