United States to launch raids on undocumented migrants Sunday

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will conduct raids over several days and include "collateral deportations", the officials told the Times. Some of the people being targeted have deportation orders because they failed to appear in court, according to the Times.

The raids were expected in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday urged illegal immigrants to refuse to open the door to ICE officers, saying they have rights and must exercise them to thwart the administration's planned deportation sweep.

Plans for the raids in June drew widespread scorn among immigration rights advocates and mayors in the impacted cities.

Cuccinelli said immigrants who have gone through due process and had removal orders will be kept together while being repatriated to their home countries. "Know your rights. And help your family, friends, and neighbors to know theirs".

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux.

Lightfoot announced Friday a new executive action to protect immigrants including investing another $250,000 into Chicago's Legal Protection Fund, providing guidance to city-owned facilities and terminating ICE's access to police databases.

Matt Bourke, a spokesman for ICE, said the agency doesn't offer specific details on enforcement operations, in part, to protect the safety and security of personnel. "The American worker is he one that is actually suffering the worst", said Stanley Weeks, Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform research director.

A coalition of Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer introduced a bill on Thursday that would end the practice of family separations and would create a set of health and safety standards to ensure the well-being of migrants in detention centers. The Trump administration last fall expedited the immigration proceedings of those families, and numerous migrants were given notice in February to appear at an ICE office and leave the country. "They're not going to be facilitating or otherwise providing any assistance in any raids ― whether it's traffic stops [or] additional support".

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".

He said Trump would have postponed the raids again if he saw progress in House.

The administration has been straining to manage a border crisis, and some officials believe flashy shows of force in deporting families would deter others migrants from coming.

While migrant flows usually ebb in the hot summer, DHS said initiatives with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where most of the migrants come from, and a joint crackdown with Mexico, whose territory most must transit, had contributed to the downturn.

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