Trump: Immigration Raids to Target Those Who ‘Broke the Law’

Saturday, June 22, 2019
By Paul Martin
Saturday, 22 June 2019

President Donald Trump said immigrants to be apprehended by U.S. immigration agents, perhaps as soon as Sunday, are defying court by remaining in the country after being ordered to return to their home nations.

“The people that Ice will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported,” Trump said in a tweet on Saturday. “They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.” Trump added that people coming to U.S. illegally “will be DEPORTED!”

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reportedly preparing to carry out raids in major cities this weekend, after Trump announced a new push aimed at undocumented residents in a June 17 tweet: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”

ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan on Friday said the agency sent letters to more than 2,000 migrants in February, urging them to report to authorities or leave, according to an interview Friday with NPR. Not many appeared, he said, without discussing specific plans.

“So what are our options?” he said in the interview. “They’ve had due process, they’ve had access to attorneys, they’ve had access to interpreters,” Morgan said. “We have no choice.”

The House Committee on Homeland Security wasn’t given details about the planned raids, or alerted that they would be happening, several Republican officials said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The Washington Post reported the plans earlier Friday.

It’s the latest effort by Trump to restrict undocumented migration — either by curbing arrivals at the border or cranking up deportation efforts. Trump has also pushed to add a citizenship question to the census, which critics warn would scare off non-citizens from participating, skew the count and weaken the political clout of immigrant communities.

In advance of Sunday, local officials in several cities sought to distance themselves from any roundup of migrants.

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