USA authorities on Sunday will begin arresting at least 2,000 immigrant families eligible for deportation in a nationwide series of raids long threatened by President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported, citing former and current officials.
ICE spokesman Matt Bourke would not confirm the pending raids or offer details, citing "law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel". Some of the people being targeted have deportation orders because they failed to appear in court, according to the Times. ICE reportedly plans to target 10 major USA cities - Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and San Francisco.
It was the latest in a series of unusual statements publicizing an upcoming, large-scale law enforcement operation, a move that the Trump Administration has previously criticized. So, we must say it clearly: This is unbearable to the undocumented immigrant community and demands a massive response on the part of our progressive forces in the country.
"We want make sure that people feel empowered that they don't have to live in fear that they can stand up fort themselves and they know what their rights are, so if they're detained they know how to respond", Chaudry said.
On Thursday morning, Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted news of the raids and said, "Check your neighbors & know your rights". A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend.
In a typical week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests thousands of immigrants who are staying in the country illegally, according to government data.
America's media has reported that immigration officials will begin raiding and deporting illegal immigrants beginning this Sunday. In this case, the telegraphing seemed to be the point, with the timeline and even the locations being made public.
"I write this message today to reassure our families that our schools have been and will continue to be places for all students regardless of immigration status, national origin, religion or race", Cordova said.
Ken Cuccinelli, the new head of Citizenship and Immigration Services, told CNN on Wednesday that the raids were "absolutely going to happen".
Trump said the raids would target "people that came into our country, that just walked over a line". The interactive training sessions teach undocumented immigrants their various rights, like ICE agents are not legally allowed to forcibly enter their home.
The former Democratic presidential nominee and secretary of state posted "legal advice" in Spanish on how to evade ICE agents, saying, "Por favor comparte (please share)". "We haven't been asked to participate in any raids, and certainly we are obviously a pro-immigrant city", said Francis Suarez, the Republican mayor of Miami.