Mayors in cities across the nation are against the raids, speaking in support of the families and will not participate.
President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he’s delaying for two weeks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were planned to take place Sunday in 10 major US cities, saying deportations will proceed unless Congress finds a solution on the US-Mexico border.
The President’s pullback was an about-face in a matter of hours on enforcing his signature immigration policy, following deep criticism from the cities’ mayors, top Democrats and immigration activists who called the coordinated arrests and deportations on targeted migrant families “heartless.”
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,’” Trump said on Twitter Saturday. “If not, Deportations start!”
A senior immigration official had told CNN on Friday that ICE was planning on arresting and deporting about 2,000 migrant families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday.
Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan blamed leaked details for the raids’ delay, but did not specify what information was disclosed or by who.
“The media got ahold of some operational specifics … and they report it,” Morgan told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro Saturday.
“It’s just egregious, and it puts the lives of the officers and agents at risk,” he added. “The men and women I’ve served with are true American heroes. And so what the President did — he recognized that, and so he postponed … to protect them.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump Friday night and asked him to call off the ICE deportation raids, a source familiar with the call tells CNN. The two spoke for about 12 minutes.
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere confirmed to CNN that a phone call took place.
On Saturday, Pelosi pushed for Trump to halt the raids in a statement, calling the anticipated operation “heartless” and a “brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities.”
“These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country. The President’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime,” Pelosi said.
After Trump’s announcement was made, Pelosi tweeted, “Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together.”
Earlier in the day, Trump defended the raids, arguing that the targeted families have been dodging the law.
“The people that Ice will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported,” Trump tweeted. “This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.”
A senior Democratic aide says Trump is “trying to create leverage in a situation where he has none,” adding “it won’t work.”
“Democrats aren’t going to compromise their values. He’s walked away from several deals on immigration. We have no illusions here,” the aide said.
‘They will be removed from the country’
Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for Camp David Saturday that the raids would begin “during the course of this next week, maybe even a little bit earlier than that.”
“These are people that came into the country illegally. They’ve been served. They’ve gone through a process. A process of the courts, and they have to be removed from the country,” Trump said. “They will be removed from the country.”
He characterized the deportation raids as “very good law enforcement people going by the law,” and claimed that his administration is “very focused on getting MS-13 out of this country.”
“Some cities are going to fight it, but if you notice, they’re generally high crime cities. If you look at Chicago, they’re fighting it. If you look at other cities, they’re fighting it. Many of those cities are high crime cities and they’re sanctuary cities,” Trump said. “People are tired of sanctuary cities and what it does and the crime it brings.”
Raids had been planned in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.
Trump made a vague announcement on Monday that an ICE operation was imminent. He claimed that his administration would be deporting “millions” of undocumented immigrants next week — disclosing such an operation before it was carried out and surprising some officials within his own administration.
Tension within the Trump administration
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was hesitant about elements of the operation, two sources familiar with his thinking told CNN.
CNN reported last month that the administration had been considering deporting migrant families. A source told CNN at the time that McAleenan was resistant to the plan, concerned in part that it could hurt negotiations with congressional Democrats for ICE funding, which has been strapped for resources, as well as the political optics.
According to a source familiar with the situation, McAleenan on Friday pulled out of a planned Sunday show appearance on the day the ICE operation was slated to begin, adding to speculation that there’s a split with the White House.
A separate source told CNN that McAleenan was at the White House Friday and “not in a good way.”
An ardent supporter of Trump’s immigration policies, Tom Homan, the former ICE director and now a FOX News contributor, seemed to suggest Saturday that McAleenan leaked information about the ICE operation to media. CNN has reached out to McAleenan for comment.
“You got the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security resisting what ICE is trying to do. In the Washington Post, in numerous media outlets, he does not support this operation,” Homan said on Fox News, adding, “This leak, which I know where it came from, we all know where it came from. That story only benefits one person, put these officers at greater risk of harm.”
Homan, who Trump named “border czar” but has not yet accepted the job, has previously backed McAleenan.
An ICE spokesperson responded Saturday, saying, “”Any leaks telegraphing sensitive law enforcement operations is egregious and puts our officers’ safety in danger. ICE officers are true American Heroes and the President’s postponement protects officers and provides an opportunity for Congress to swiftly work together in a bipartisan fashion to end the incentives for child smuggling and ensure all illegal aliens can be promptly returned upon apprehension at the Southern Border.”
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Twitter Destroys Melania Trump For Her Racist Hat That She Had The Nerve To Wear In Kenya
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So they have drugs over there that make you channel Peter O'Toole, or there is some other mindboggling crap going on. Anyone have any clues? #MelaniaInKenya #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo #FLOTUSInAfrica pic.twitter.com/XnH4hwbZrF— Cam Simpson 🥼🧪🧬💊 (@RoadMeetsFeet) October 6, 2018
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Wife of the wannabe dictator goes with the colonist look in Africa...https://t.co/g3EToO7Iw6— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) October 5, 2018
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Melania Trump is now in Africa, putting on a fake smile for photo ops and looking absolutely foolish.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 2, 2018
Her disgusting husband called African nations “shitholes.”
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This woman has a TEAM of stylists. She KNOWS exactly what she is doing. None of her fashion choices are accidents. She is complicit to all of her husband’s bigotry. Never forget her birther claims. #FuckMelaniehttps://t.co/3LUrkeZ5wS— 💗BohoGirlResists💗 (@KikiAdine) October 6, 2018
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Oh my goodness. She wore a pith helmet! “Uh yeah, I’m a white woman going to Africa, I’ll need a colonizer outfit. I’m a Natasha, but I really want to be a Commander McBragg!” Kids are still in cages and concentration camps on the border. #vote #VoteNoOnKavanaugh #BlueWave— CT (@CatTrip1) October 5, 2018
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