The Trump administration has announced that it is planning to launch a massive series of immigration raids in cities across the country to gather up illegals for deportation.
The raid is focused on families and individuals who have already been served with deportation orders but who have ignored them.
Sources say up to 2,000 families in ten U.S. cities are targeted. The ten cities include Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and other large metropolitan areas.
On Monday, the president tweeted that ICE was preparing to deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants.
“If you’re here illegally, then you should be removed,” acting head of ICE Mark Morgan said on Wednesday. “And in this case, that includes families.”
According to MSN:
ICE has been preparing agents and equipment for the operation, which is expected to unfold across several days starting Sunday morning, the officials said. Discussions about the scope of the operation continued Friday at ICE, DHS and the White House, two officials said.
The agency is planning to use hotel rooms as temporary staging areas to detain parents and children until all the members of a family are together and ready for deportation. Officials also acknowledge that they might arrest individuals they cannot immediately deport — known as “collateral arrests” — and likely will release those people with ankle monitoring devices.
Naturally, some left-wing cities have prevented police from assisting in the raids.
Los Angeles for instance:
The Los Angeles Police Department released a statement Friday saying LAPD is aware of upcoming ICE actions “beginning this Sunday,” that would be directed toward individuals who have been issued final deportation orders, and LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters Friday that ICE has 140 targets in the area.
“The Department is not participating or assisting in any of these enforcement actions,” the LAPD statement said. “The Department has reached out to various community stakeholders regarding the reported ICE enforcement actions, reiterating that members of this Department will not be participating. We are committed to protecting the public through meaningful relationship building and community partnerships.”
The State of New York has also said it will not assist ICE to round up the criminal aliens.
“This is not about fear,” Morgan said. “No one is instilling fear in anyone. This is about the rule of law and maintaining the integrity of the system.”
As well it should be.
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