Scared and planning for the worst: Immigrants brace for deportation
Updated 1504 GMT (2304 HKT) March 20, 2017
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New York (CNN)Ninety-seven people are at Catholic Charities this morning. It feels like a hospital waiting room.
The sense of anticipation is palpable: Every time a charity worker comes to the front of the room with a clipboard, everyone looks up, waiting for their names to be called. For their questions to be answered.
What happens if ICE is knocking at your door?
What kind of ID should I have?
What about my children if I get deported?
Are there forms we can fill out to sign off guardianship of our children?
In past weeks, as news of ICE raids and deportations has spread, lawyers and charities have been telling immigrants, both documented and undocumented, how to prepare.
How to make space for fear in their lives so they are not consumed by it.
In Lower Manhattan, people begin queuing at the crack of dawn every Thursday in a Financial District high-rise to get help with their fears.