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Korean-Americans denounce ICE raids

ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Korean-American groups in the D.C. area are backing Latino organizations in denouncing the increase in police raids on illegal immigrants.

Immigration advocates say some of those immigrants should be classified as 'refugees' fleeing their home country of drugs and violence in Central America.

There's been a recent surge in deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. since the holidays, striking fear in communities where there are a number of undocumented residents. More than 120 people have been taken into custody to be deported since the beginning of the year.

Juan rents out a small room along with several other families with children trying to survive in this country for the last 19 years. He is a day laborer scraping by and sending money home for his daughter who has leukemia.

"She's very sick. I have to take care of her," Juan said. 

He's just one of many immigrants who works hard every day, and each day runs the risk of being caught and deported.  That fear has turned to panic in the last couple of weeks with the Department of Homeland Security's latest massive deportation push.

"Mothers and fathers don't want to send their kids to schools because of the fear of deportation and raids. Millions are suffering because of these raids," Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations Chair, said. 

And now the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium in Annandale says they don't want immigrants to suffer alone.

"A lot are fleeing violence and war and many of our Asian brothers and sisters who have come to this country are also impacted by violence and war," NKASEC Policy Coordinator Dong Yoon Kim said. 

ICE is focusing on people who pose a threat to national security or public safety and those who recently crossed the border illegally or received a notice of deportation on or after January of 2014.  

Even for those who don't fall under that umbrella, Juan and others feel vulnerable.

Immigration advocates are holding a training session this month titled 'Know your Rights in case of ICE's raids.' One of their recommendations is not to open the door unless ICE has a search warrant.

Know Your Rights in case of Ice's Raids Training January 15, 2015,  10 a.m. -12 p.m. Culmore United Methodist Church

5901 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, Va

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