The photos were taken in federal detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley in the week of June 10, according to a report by the Inspector General.
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US immigration and customs officials will begin this weekend a large gathering of undocumented immigrants in at least 10 major cities, the New York Times reported on Thursday.
The Times, quoting two current officials and a former Homeland Security official that he did not name, announced that the raids would begin Sunday and target over 2,000 immigrants who are being targeted. 39 eviction orders and staying illegally in the country. The sources told the Times that ICE had planned to keep family members together in the family's detention centers, to the extent possible.
The report is not surprising: less than a week ago, President Donald Trump had promised that massive deportation roundups would begin soon.
"They will start soon, but I do not call them raids, we send people back, all those people who have come illegally over the years," Trump said Friday.
Trump said two weeks ago that he would delay two weeks of raids across the country to give Congress time to develop an immigration plan. Trump's hard line on immigration has been a recurring theme in his presidency and should occupy a central place in his bid for the re-election of 2020.
REPORT – In this photo of April 3, 2019, a couple who did not want to give his name kiss outside the CVE group while a bus from LaSalle Corrections Transport leaves the premises of Allen, Texas. Immigrant families and their advocates warn of the planned arrests throughout the country by the Immigration and Customs Control Agency. (Photo: Smiley N. Pool, AP)
ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke, in a statement sent Thursday to the United States to USA TODAY, will neither confirm nor deny the raid plan.
"Due to the sensitivity of the security forces and the security of Immigration and US Customs personnel, the agency will not offer specific details regarding control operations, "said Mr. Bourke.
ICE has always maintained that it is primarily aimed at people with criminal records, but that anyone illegally recognized in the United States would face a custodial sentence.
"Ninety percent of foreigners arrested by the ICE Enforcement and Disposal Operations component during the 2018 fiscal year had either a criminal conviction or a criminal charge. pending, either a fugitive from the ICE, or illegally reinstated in the country after their removal, "said Bourke.
ICE officials have previously announced their intention to target newcomers in order to put an end to the influx of families from Central America arriving through Mexico. This rise fell somewhat in June, when the total number of arrests at the border had decreased by 29%, according to figures provided by the Customs and Border Protection. But the decline came after the May totals – more than 140,000 arrests – which were the highest since 2006.
The Trump administration attributes its slowdown to the growing number of threats and the application of new policies, although border crossing traditionally decreases in the middle of summer.
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A government report released last week revealed that the migrants were being held in conditions of overcrowding, termed a "time bomb." In a room at Fort Brown's Customs and Border Protection Station, near the US-Mexico border in Texas, 51 women were in a cell. with a capacity of 40 miners, according to the report of the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security. In another cell, 71 men were in a cell designated for 41 people, according to the report.
Trump rejected the report, saying the facilities visited were clean and well-managed.
"I think they're doing a great job with these facilities," Trump said.
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