The immigration raids that President Donald Trump has threatened and then postponed, will now begin in the United States this weekend, according to a new report.
On Thursday, Caitlin Dickerson and Zolan Kanno-Youngs at the New York Times announced that immigration and customs services would begin stopping Sunday thousands of undocumented immigrants. Similar to the initial plan announced, ICE agents are targeting at least 2,000 immigrants for deportation to 10 major cities and could also scan immigrants who are not the original targets.
For weeks, the Trump administration has put in place possible raids on mass immigration, but so far it has resisted. President Donald Trump on June 17 tweeted that the following week, ICE would begin withdrawing "millions" of undocumented immigrants from the United States. But on June 22, he announced that he would wait two weeks, at the Democrats' request, to see if they could "come together to find a solution to the asylum and murderous problems on the southern border."
At the Democrats' request, I delayed by two weeks the process of eliminating illegal immigration (deportation) to determine whether Democrats and Republicans could come together and find a solution to the problems. asylum and escape route to the southern border. Otherwise, the deportations begin!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Trump and asked him to cancel the raids. publicly welcomed the delay on Twitter. "Families go together," she wrote. But as Ella Nilsen and Li Zhou of Vox pointed out at the time, Trump's request for asylum law "came under cover" and it was a request that Congress would never be able to to process within the time it prescribed.
Mr. Chairman, any delay is welcome. It takes time for a complete reform of immigration. Families go together. https://t.co/R9PDrfaKWj
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 22, 2019
The idea of immigration raids is a heavy idea, even within the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security and ICE. According to the Times, immigration officers "expressed apprehension" about the possibility of stopping children and babies, and within DHS there was no agreement on what should be done :
Last month, Mark Morgan, the director of ICE at the time, reported that officers would step up their efforts to reunite families. A few days before the start of the operation, Mr. Trump had planned the plan on Twitter, blinding ICE agents whose security officials feared to be compromised.
In early June, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, asked Morgan to cancel the operation. Mr. McAleenan did not support the raids, officials said at the time, fearing in part that undocumented parents could not be separated from their American citizen children.
The fact that immigrants are targeted for deportation does not mean that they have committed a major crime
As Vox noted last month, although the families targeted for the eviction were probably given the final order to leave the country, they may not have been charged with crimes other than the death penalty. non-compliance with this order:
Last year, the Trump administration developed an accelerated court process for migrant families, which, according to the [Washington] Post, has accelerated "the cases of thousands of families in the big cities, obtaining deportation orders" in absentia "for thousands of families who did not appear in court.
But just because one or more family members have an eviction order does not mean that hard-core criminals are often described by Trump as such. (By derogating from the Obama administration's policy, Trump has not made a distinction between undocumented immigrants who have a criminal record and those who do not.)
According to the Times, if family members are arrested together, they will be detained in family detention centers or, if there is not enough room, in hotels, until they can to be expelled.
Last month, immigrant groups issued warnings about potential targets, which they are not allowed to do if an ICE agent comes knocking on the door.
The ICE warrant on the left does NOT allow agents to enter a house without authorization.
The orden of ICE to the izquierda NO autoriza has the agents in domicilio sin permiso. https://t.co/hl7Q1rv7sK
– ACLU (@ACLU) June 21, 2019
Also last month, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used his presidential campaign email list to warn of raids. The cities where the raids were supposed to take place at the time were Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. It is likely that the same cities will be targeted now.
To be sure, this could be another threat from the Trump administration and the raids will be postponed again. But according to the Times, this campaign could take place this weekend. On Wednesday, Ken Cucinnelli, acting director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, told reporters that raids "will absolutely take place," although he declined to comment on the timing.