President Trump’s executive order threatens our nonprofit’s existence and places anyone who supports undocumented immigrants at risk of a penalty.
The executive order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, signed by Trump last week includes a clause making it unlawful to help an undocumented immigrant. Section 6 of the order states that the Secretary shall make regulations for the collection of civil fines and penalties from “those who facilitate the presence” of an undocumented immigrant.
This provision may cover activities such as providing legal and other humanitarian assistance to undocumented residents. Our organization, Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC), and our affiliated visitation programs provide people in immigration detention across the country with a connection to the outside world through weekly visits.