Some parts of the Big Apple were overexcited Saturday as the US Immigration and Customs Service of the United States was preparing to execute President Trump's plan to evict at least 2,000 illegal immigrants here and in the United States. the rest of the country.
City Council President Corey Johnson and Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor's Office for Immigration Affairs, urged New Yorkers to resist federal authorities.
"You're not helpless against this devilish racist government," said Johnson, advising immigrants to remain silent and refuse to consent to the searches.
Most journalists reported that the raids had started one day earlier than planned.
"We have heard two reports from Sunset Park. . . and the third report was in East Harlem, "she said. "Eyewitnesses [are] tell us about the CIE's attempts to gain access and entry and make arrests. But fortunately, without success.
The comment triggered an avalanche of social media posts, claiming that ICE agents had been seen on city streets and in subway stations, and even that officers were asking for IDs from passersby.
Neither social media publications nor Mostofi's statements have been supported by photographic evidence.
"Unfortunately, we do not have any pictures," The Post May Malik, Deputy Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Affairs, told The Post. "We were able to confirm this because our MOIA staff spoke with eyewitnesses in the field."
ICE has not responded to a request for comment as to whether the raids started on Saturday.
Residents described a calm before the storm in East Harlem.
"It was a quiet morning. We did not even see any police officers, "said 27-year-old Ashley Flores, in the east of 116th Street, where the city claimed that ICE had conducted raids.
The raids should target illegal immigrants who have been ordered by a court to leave the country.
Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Mayor of Blasio has asked city employees not to cooperate with ICE. In a letter published on Saturday, the police union leader urged members to set aside the policy and support the federal agent.
"I also encourage you to not leave any ICE agent abandoned when it needs help and to stand by each agent," wrote the president of the Benevolent Sergeants Association, Ed Mullins, in a letter sent Friday to union members.
On Saturday, an armed man who attacked an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington, was found shot dead – just hours after an anti-ICE protest.
Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was carrying a rifle while launching flares at the North West Detention Center, Tacoma News Tribune reported. Four policemen opened fire and later found Vashon dead.
Additional report by Ben Cohn