Democrats warn Trump ahead of planned immigration raids

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 13, 2019

The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include "collateral" deportations, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation.

The paper revealed that ICE has obtained court orders for the removal of about one million undocumented migrants, according to a senior administration official, but the initial raids will target some 2,000 across at least 10 cities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled to move forward with an operation targeting migrant families with court-ordered removals that had previously been called off by President Donald Trump, according to a U.S. official.

The lawsuit argues that constitutional due process requires the government to bring arrested families and children before an immigration judge so they can have a day in court before facing deportation. The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents of an upcoming raid by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in 2018, President Donald Trump called it a "disgrace to our nation". "We have vibrant immigrant communities in southwest MI, some immigrants here are undocumented or are in the process of getting their residencies so they don't yet have illegal status", Moore, explained.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top elected Democrat in the United States, called the operation "heartless" and said she was hoping that Hispanic evangelicals who helped Trump get elected in 2016 would appeal to him to call off the arrests.

Lightfoot has also instructed the Police Department to not cooperate with ICE in immigration raids. New York City has run its legal defense program for immigrants since 2013. "The American worker is he one that is actually suffering the worst", said Stanley Weeks, Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform research director.

"Anytime we see a policy like this come up, we definitely see a heightened fear in anxiety, stress in our families, and especially some of the children that don't know what is going to be happening day-to-day", Brunner said.

In a statement issued this week, ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said the agency would not comment on specific details related to enforcement operations, to ensure the safety and security of agency personnel.

But immigration lawyers could file new motions to reopen families' immigration cases, which could delay or even stop their deportations. Critics say he's simply inflicting additional misery on immigrant communities simply to gin up support from his voter base.

In another tweet, Ocasio-Cortez shared a post about rights by the National Immigration Law Center and wrote, "No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America - where ALL people have rights".

"Here's my message to Mayor Schaaf - how dare you, how dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda", he said at a law enforcement conference in California a week and a half later.

ICE has declined to discuss the weekend's operation, including whether those families are among those being targeted. The mayor said the raids are going to be incredibly traumatizing experiences for people.

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