United States braces for ICE raids in 10 major cities today

Clay Curtis
July 15, 2019

A nationwide wave of arrests of immigrants facing deportation will commence this weekend, US President Donald Trump said on Friday, confirming that the plan, meant to discourage a surge of Central American migrants, was on track after a delay.

"When he announced this before, I called - God bless you - some people of faith about this, evangelicals who support the president for other reasons, but who have been good on immigration issues, usually", the House speaker said.

President Trump proceeding with his signature immigration policy.

"Fear, need and anxiety are driving people to try to find some legal help", said Rigo Reyes, the executive director of Los Angeles County's Office of Immigrant Affairs. "These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country".

President Trump unveiled his immigration plan at the White House on May 16.

The operation, to be carried out in 10 cities, is expected to target families that have recently been ordered deported by an immigration court but have not yet left the country.

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When Trump proposed mass deportations in June, he spoke about "millions" of people being arrested, but according to ICE only around 2,000 people will likely be targeted.

Before Sunday, there were weekend reports of attempted arrests by ICE in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, where The New York Times reported that a mother and her daughters were apprehended but the family was immediately released.

Mayors of a number of cities expected to be targeted have said they will not cooperate with deportations carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"This is a war against children, it's not just a war against immigrants", Shalala said. "In fact, 90 percent of aliens arrested by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations component in FY2018 had either a criminal conviction (s), pending criminal charge (s), were an ICE fugitive, or illegally reentered the country after previously being removed". "These are not law enforcement officers who are empowered to arrest them without a judge's order". Although Escobar did not provide direct evidence for her claim, she alluded to comments she says she received from Border Patrol officials indicating that ICE was responsible for the immigration detention backlog.

With that, Lightfoot went on to explain she had "personally spoken with ICE leadership in Chicago" to express her opposition to raids of any kind, before detailing the measures her administration has taken over the past few weeks to hinder ICE's efforts. Marriott said it would not allow ICE to use its hotels for holding immigrants.

Amid protests outside ICE facilities, a 69-year-old gunman was shot dead by police early on Saturday after he attacked an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington and set fire to at least one vehicle outside.

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