But the absence of reported raids Sunday did not allow immigrant advocates to lower their guards. The Rev. Deborah Lee, executive director of Oakland’s Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, said leaders at dozens of Bay Area churches were informing their congregations about resources such as immigration hotlines. “In a way, I feel like we’ve been preparing for a raid as soon as the president was elected,” Lee said. “These threats from the president are designed to create panic and fear. If you’re going to raid people, why tell them three weeks in advance? He’s obviously doing this as a strategy to instill fear and put people back into the shadows. It’s a form of repression.”
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