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Rear of John O’Connell High Photo by Kathleen Narruhn

By Julian Mark


“Community members went into a panic on Wednesday after rumors spread that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, were raiding various locations in the Mission and Bayview.

John O’Connell High School locked its doors and posted security outside, according to a source.

But the rumors turned out to be false alarms. Members of the San Francisco Rapid Response Network, a coalition of advocacy organizations, visited the sites and verified that immigration agents were not making arrests. The 24-hour hotline for suspected raids in San Francisco is 415-200-1548.

‘We couldn’t verify that ICE officers were detaining anyone in the Mission today,’ said Ana Herrera, a lawyer with Dolores Street Community Services who works with the Rapid Response Network.

It’s unclear where the rumors began, but the sites were 24th and Mission, Foods Co. on 15th and Folsom, Marshall Elementary, and a Foods Co. in the Bayview.

Members of the network asked people at the various sites if they saw ICE agents, Herrera said, and confirmed agents were not present.”


To read the complete article by Mission Local, click here.