President Donald Trump has given orders to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Conduct a roundup of illegal immigrant families who have received and avoided deportation orders, according to The Washington Post.
The operation, that will likely begin with predawn raids in most of the United States’ major cities this Sunday is being referred to as the “family op” according to several U.S. officials who spoke with the Post.
“The ‘family op,’ as it is referred to at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, is slated to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other major immigration destinations, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the law enforcement operation,” the Post reported.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAlleenan has been pushing for ICE to conduct more targeted operations to bring in a group of about 150 illegal families who were provided with attorneys to assist them in obtaining legal status, but dropped out of the program and disappeared.
“McAleenan has warned that an indiscriminate operation to arrest migrants in their homes and at work sites risks separating children from their parents in cases where the children are at day care, summer camp or friend’s houses,” the Post reported. “He also has maintained that ICE should not devote major resources to carrying out a mass interior sweep while telling lawmakers it needs emergency funding to address the crisis at the U.S. border.”
According to the Post’s report, the White House has been in direct contact with ICE director Mark Morgan.
The president made the decision to carry on with the program, after warning in a tweet on Monday that the raids were coming “next week” in a step toward deporting “millions” as he promised in his campaign and even some more recent promises.
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
“They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement.
“The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!
….long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019