Four days after President Donald Trump announced that "ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illegally found their way into the United States," news broke Friday that raids in a number of large cities will happen as
The Washington Post reported that ICE will conduct "predawn raids" on Sunday as part of a "family op" targeting up to 2,000 families with members who have received deportation orders – a number much smaller than what Trump
In an interview with ABC, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Mark Morgan said the raids, which are in the scope of ICE and not without risk to the communities where immigrants live and where they work. "Although the ramped-up enforcement effort had been in the works, Trump's decision to publicly telegraph and the major law enforcement operation was an un the usual one for a president to make. Coming as he did before the 2020 reelection kickoff, his announcement appeared to be motivated by politics more than necessity.
The Post reports that law enforcement officers felt confidently talking about the publication on raids because of Trump's tweet, and expressed concerns about both the Trump's motivations and the raids themselves:
Some in DHS and ICE say the president appears to be using the operation for political purposes as he begins his reelection bid. Law enforcement officers worry that by publicly discussing the plan, Trump has undermined the chances of capturing those on the target list, as it has probably pushed migrants with deportation orders underground.
ICE has not revealed much about the operational logistics of the forthcoming raids, but here's some of what we do and do not know about them.
Families targeted for deportation have received final orders of deportation, but have not necessarily been accused of crimes beyond
CNN reports that raids will are occurring in 1
Last year, the Trump administration developed an expedited legal process for migrant families, which, according to the Post, has been fast tracking the cases of thousands of families in major cities, obtaining 'in absentia' deportation orders for thousands of families that did not show up for their court hearings. "
But just because one or more members of a family have deportation orders does not mean they are the hardened criminals that Trump often portrays them as being.
After the news of the raids broke, and the ACLU and RAICES – or the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services – posted tweets aimed at educating immigrants about their rights if they or someone they know is swept up in one of the raids
The ICE warrant on the left does NOT authorize agents to enter a home without permission .
In order to obtain a license from the ICE, it is not possible to authorize a resident of the domicilio sin permiso. https://t.co/hl7Q1rv7sK
– ACLU (@ACLU) June 21, 2019
These raids have been controversial even within the Trump administration, partly because they're risky
The Washington Post reported last month that former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former ICE Acting Director Ronald Vitiello were ousted from the administration in April because they were concerned that raids like those ICE is planning to go forward with would be bad policy and that the proposal was less than half-baked. "
Indeed, there are indications that raids will be somewhat indiscriminate, partly because of intelligence shortcomings. From the Post:
ICE agents have limited intelligence on the locations of families with court-ordered deportations beyond their last known addresses. But White House and ICE officials believe that agents will be able to make many "collateral arrests" by finding foreigners living in the country illegally at or near the target locations
The publicity Trump has given to operations will probably cause some undocumented immigrants who have received deportation orders and live in affected cities to go underground. But ICE believes agents will be able to arrest others who were not necessarily targets, but they have been in the process of carrying them out
Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan has also reportedly pushed back on the large-scale "family op , "Advocating a much more limited plan that would target approximately 150 families, per the Post."
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