Trump Delays Mass Deportation Raids, Seeks Deal With Democrats

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues.

In a Twitter message, Trump said 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.”

U.S. House of Representatives’ Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, had urged religious leaders earlier on Saturday to pressure Trump to cancel the raids which were expected to target families in up to 10 U.S. cities on Sunday.

Pelosi said in a release the expected raids would “inject terror into our communities” and tear families apart. “The President’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime,” Pelosi said, urging faith-based and other leaders to convey to Trump the value of U.S. refugee resettlement programs.

Trump, a Republican, told reporters on Saturday before heading to the Camp David presidential retreat that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was focused on getting the transnational street gang MS-13 out of the United States. When he later announced a delay in the raids, he said if no compromise with Democrats was reached, “Deportations start!”

Many asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador cite gang violence driven largely by groups like MS-13 as the reason they come to the United States for refuge.

Mark Morgan, acting director of ICE, said this week his agency would target for deportation families that have received a removal order from a U.S. immigration court.

An operation was slated to launch on Sunday and expected to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Trump wrote on Twitter earlier on Saturday that ICE will apprehend people who have run from the law. “These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country,” Trump wrote.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner, Nandita Bose and Joel Schectman; Editing by Tom Brown, Daniel Wallis and Chris Reese)

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Jame
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Jame

Trump said Sunday the Initiative with the Dems he thought wouldn’t workout.

Its because Pelosi Called Trump Sunday said Thanks Now we need Mass Asylum.

It’s going nowhere. Look for Trump to cancel the 2 Week stay.

Nancy did a bait and switch, she Punked Trump.

Karen
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Karen

tell the illegals to vote Republican, Nancy Pelosi will have vans outside their houses in five minutes!!!!

MariaRose Randazzo
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Let’s see how poorly and prolonged it takes the Democrats to come up with anything resembling a solution. Remember while they are delaying, they are spending taxpayer dollars not their money.

Phyllis Softa
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What’s the big deal?

William Conley
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William Conley

Second time he’s backed down in a week I get it he’s trying to bring them to the table for talks, but showing Iran any weakness and trying to talk it out with them clearly hasn’t work so far. On this issue who cares if the Dems do agree to actually do their jobs doesn’t change the fact these people were already ordered to leave the US and were here Illegally to begin with. Deport them all every single damn one of them. I followed the laws and took years to legally bring my wife here and these people think… Read more »

Nancy Assaf
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Obama deported more illegals than Trump did. Nancy wasn’t upset then…..

General Confusion
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High-larryous!

King Donald The Loser’s base must be so confused by now. They must think that he is playing 3-dimentional chess when he doesn’t even know how to play 1-dimensional chess.

Somebody must have explained to him how illegal this move was. He would be breaking OUR laws.

Screwtape
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Like offering Iran an escape, Trump knows how to negotiate. it’s doubtful Congress will use it.

Self-deportation. Denied taxpayer-funded “freebies” and in peril of losing everything let’s let fear help these criminals make their own decisions. Unless they move to CA or another “sanctuary”.

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