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21 CUNY L. Rev. 1 (2017-2018)

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      THE #BUFFALO25 AND THE NEW ERA OF
            IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT


                           Nicole Hallettt

INTRODUCTION   ...............................................     1
    I. WORKPLACE RAIDS: A BRIEF HISTORY .....................     3
    II. THE STORY OF AN IMMIGRATION RAID ....................     7
       A. The #Buffalo25 Restaurant Raids ...................     7
       B.  Community   Response ...............................  10
       C.  Legal Response .....................................  13
       D. Outcome of the #Buffalo25 Campaign ...............     16
  III. LESSONS IN EFFECTIVE RAIDS RESPONSE FROM THE
       #BUFFALO25 CAMPAIGN .................................. 18
       A. Characteristics of Effective Raids Response ............  19
           1. Integration of Organizing and Legal
               Advocacy ......................................... 19
           2. Intersectional, Complex, and Multi-
               Geographic Advocacy ........................      22
           3. Raids Response Infrastructure ................     26
           4. Use of Social Media and Other New Forms of
               Advocacy ......................................... 27
       B. Challenges to Effective Raids Response ............... 28
           1. Criminalization of Immigration Law .........       28
           2. Overreliance on Prosecutorial Discretion .....     31
C ON CLUSIO N .................................................  33

                          INTRODUCTION
     The United States has entered a new era of immigration en-
forcement, including a return to the mass immigration raids last

   t Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University at Buffalo School of Law, Director
of the Community Justice Clinic, J.D., Yale Law School, 2008. All legal work described
herein was done with and by students of the Community Justice Clinic. Thanks to
Meghan Zaldivar of the New York Immigration Coalition, Kirk Laubenstein of the
Coalition for Economic Justice, Pastor Justo Gonzalez formerly of Pilgrim St. Luke's
Church, Jennifer Connor, Emily Terrana, Carra Stratton, Jeremy Spindler, and other
members of Justice for Migrant Families, Movimiento Cosecha, Julie Mao of the Na-
tional Lawyers Guild - National Immigration Project, and Emi MacClean of the Na-
tional Day Laborer Network for their advocacy on behalf of the #Buffalo25.
    Unless otherwise cited, the author obtained information regarding the events of
October 18, 2016 through interviews conducted with eyewitnesses and affected par-
ties, and shares that information here with permission from those interview subjects.
Some names have been changed to protect the identity and privacy of those affected.

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