Immigrant activists react to President Trump's two-week delay on planned raids

Clay Curtis
June 24, 2019

It has since been reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called him personally to request the government not move forward with the raids.

Indeed, reports of ICE readying for the raids sparked panic throughout the nation.

President Donald Trump's tweeted that ICE, the enforcement arm of DHS, was preparing to deport "millions" of undocumented immigrants next week.

"The President spoke about the importance of avoiding the collateral damage of 150 lives in Iran".

Following the president's announcement, Pelosi tweeted: "Mr. President, delay is welcome".

Donald Trump has delayed the planned round up of illegal immigrants for two weeks so that Democrats and Republicans could work out a solution to the border crisis that has been going on for months.

The tweet comes after immigration advocates and officials in some major US cities condemned Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids aimed at rounding up thousands of families facing deportation orders beginning Sunday.

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Mark Morgan said he still has the "green light" to carry out deportations after President Donald Trump postponed raids scheduled for Sunday in multiple USA cities.

Earlier Saturday, Trump defended the raids via Twitter, arguing that the targeted families have been dodging the law. ICE officers don't have a search warrant and are working from files with addresses and must go to people's home and ask to be let inside.

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The White House wants an effective repeal of the right to asylum, which would be a flagrant violation of worldwide law, as well as the removal of restraints on the detention of families such as the Flores settlement, a 20-year-old court ruling under which immigration authorities are forbidden to detain children for more than 20 days, in many cases forcing them to release the entire family. "My advice to our fellow countrymen in the U.S. during these times of heightened vigilance is avoid criminal activities-DUI and domestic violence; avoid local and state violations, including traffic violations and if you are not in good status, ensure you have consulted an experienced immigration attorney for the available legal options to regularise your stay and start taking steps towards that", said North Carolina-based attorney Charles Wanjohi.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was hesitant about elements of the operation, two sources familiar with his thinking told CNN. Many families are released into the United States for the duration of the process because of limits on how long children can be detained. "This is about the rule of law and maintaining the integrity of the system", Morgan told ABC News. He urged families with deportation orders to turn themselves in to immigration officials.

'Families belong together. These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country.

"Minneapolis has not been on any of the lists that will be receiving ICE raids", Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Saturday afternoon. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she'd ordered police to cut federal agents' access to databases related to immigration enforcement activities.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in a statement called the enforcement efforts 'inhumane, disgraceful, and unsafe, ' adding 'we won't stand for it in Los Angeles'.

The Trump administration had planned to deport more than 2,000 undocumented immigrants in as many as 10 cities in an unprecedented show of force aimed at deterring illegal migration of families.

"I think it would be good for [Pence] to be here and take the temperature of the people", Wenski said.

It is unusual for public officials to disclose law enforcement raids in advance, for fear of alerting the targets of the raids, and possibly endangering police and other law enforcement personnel.

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