WASHINGTON DC, United States – The major US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that were planned to take place on Sunday, June 23 in 10 major US cities, have been delayed for two weeks, giving time for Congress to find a solution.
On Saturday, June 22, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he was delaying the raid to give Congress two weeks to find a solution. The President’s move follows criticism from the cities’ mayors and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who called the move by Trump “heartless” and a “brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities.”
Via his Twitter account, Trump wrote, “At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!”.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
On Friday, June 21, CNN reported that ICE was planning on arresting and deporting about 2,000 migrant families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday. The raids are planned for the following cities:
Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco.
Trump made a vague announcement on Monday that an ICE operation was imminent. He claimed that his administration would be deporting “millions” of undocumented immigrants next week — disclosing such an operation before it was carried out and surprising some officials within his own administration.
He characterized the deportation raids as “very good law enforcement people going by the law,” and claimed that his administration is “very focused on getting MS-13 out of this country.”
“Some cities are going to fight it, but if you notice, they’re generally high crime cities. If you look at Chicago, they’re fighting it. If you look at other cities, they’re fighting it. Many of those cities are high crime cities and they’re sanctuary cities,” Trump said. “People are tired of sanctuary cities and what it does and the crime it brings.”
The administration says the raids are necessary to deal with the influx of immigrants at the border. Just last week, it was reported that nearly 200 Haitian immigrants were arrested in one week- the highest figure in three years.