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Screenshot of "MigraMap" on Jan. 19, 2016.

A crowdsourced map to track the ongoing ICE raids

Alternative media outlet Latino Rebels has launched a crowdsourcing effort to map the 2016 raids on undocumented immigrants.

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Alternative media outlet Latino Rebels has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to map the raids on undocumented immigrants that began in the first days of 2016.

"MigraMap," a bilingual reporting tool, allows users to submit information about federal raids they have witnessed. Still in the data-gathering stages, the map isn't a reliable source for information just yet. But it will be interesting to watch how much data can be gathered through an anonymous submission platform — much less how many of those tips can be verified. AL DÍA recently reported on undocumented immigrants in the Philadelphia area that have been using underground social media networks to convey information with each other about potential raids. 

Latino Rebels' tool might just take it one step further.

Screenshot of the "MigraMap" submission website.

Immigrant advocacy groups in Philadelphia have been receiving calls from undocumented persons across the region — from Norristown to Kennett Square to Bensalem to Center City. Most of the reports so far have been unsubstantiated. Two weeks ago, an unnamed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official told WHYY NewsWorks that the city is "not involved in the recent enforcement action," and has been continuing its usual operations targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions.

Nationally however, there has been confirmation that hundreds of undocumented persons have been detained under the programmed ICE raids. On the first weekend of the year, 121 people were rounded up in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, and several other raids have been verified since then. 
MigraMap has already geocoded several sites of raids from New Jersey to California, with links to relevant news stories and verification methods when available.
 
AL DÍA News file photo.
 
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