Noah Manskar, Patch, July 17, 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have unsuccessfully tried to arrest New Yorkers four times in the past two days, city officials said Wednesday.
That brings the total number of attempted ICE raids in the city to eight in the last five days, officials said, a contrast to the mass arrests that the government and immigrant-rights activists had braced for.
The agents’ appearances followed four similar incidents in Sunset Park and East Harlem on Saturday, a day before ICE was expected to start rounding up at least 2,000 immigrants in the country illegally.
City Council Member Carlos Menchaca attributed the agents’ lack of success to efforts to educate immigrants on their rights.
“Our years of organizing Know Your Rights Training and community engagement with immigrants families is working,” Menchaca, a Brooklyn Democrat who chairs the Council’s Immigration Committee, said on Twitter.