Trump says Immigration Raids Coming ‘Fairly Soon’

President Donald Trump said on Friday mass deportation roundups would begin “fairly soon” as U.S. migrant advocates vowed their communities would be “ready” when immigration officers come.

Trump, who has made a hardline immigration stance a key issue of his presidency and 2020 re-election bid, postponed the operation last month after the date was leaked, but on Monday he said it would take place after July 4.

“They’ll be starting fairly soon, but I don’t call them raids, we’re removing people, all of these people who have come in over the years illegally,” he told reporters at the White House on Friday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month said operations would target recently-arrived undocumented migrants in a bid to discourage a surge of Central American families at the southwest border.

ICE said in a statement its focus was arresting people with criminal histories but any immigrant found in violation of U.S. laws was subject to arrest.

Government documents published this week by migrant rights groups showed some past ICE operations resulted in more so-called “collateral” arrests of undocumented migrants agents happened to find, than apprehensions of targeted people.

Migrant rights groups said this generalized threat is harmful to communities, and the U.S. economy, as it forces adults to miss work and children to skip school out of fear they may be picked up and separated.

“We have to be ready, not just when Trump announces it, because there are arrests every day,” said Elsa Lopez, an organizer for Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a New Mexico group which educates migrants on their civil rights and creates phone networks to send alerts if ICE enters their neighborhood.

The threatened raids come after migrant apprehensions on the southwest border hit a 13-year high in May before easing in June as Mexico increased immigration enforcement.

A rising number of migrants are coming from outside Central America, including India, Cuba and African countries. The Del Rio, Texas, Border Patrol sector on Friday reported the arrest of over 1,000 Haitians since June 10.

Democratic lawmakers visited an El Paso, Texas, Border Patrol station on Monday and said migrants were being held in “horrifying” conditions, with women told to drink out of a toilet.

To “dispel” what he called “the misinformation,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Roy Villareal put out a video showing fresh water available from a cooler and a faucet in a cell at a Tucson, Arizona, sector migrant processing center.

“We’re not forcing aliens to drink out of the toilet,” said Villareal, head of an area that in May apprehended nearly six times fewer people than the El Paso sector, a stretch of border that has borne the brunt of the migrant surge.

(Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Bill Tarrant, Leslie Adler & Shri Navaratnam)

Responses

  1. Good idea to wait. Let’s see how many move out anyway, for free.

  2. “Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a New Mexico group which educates migrants on their civil rights… ” Rights? What rights? They’re here illegally, so no rights ! Get the hell out !!!

    1. Spoken like the ” true blue tried and true” rule of law ignoring, heartless, mindless, soulless, sub-human barbarian you are.

    2. They and the members of the Dimwit Party encourage ILLEGAL activity. I’m surprised they haven’t pressed to have MURDER legalized.

      Oh, that’s right. They already have by starting with the newborns to control population growth.

  3. I hope it is VERY soon. No more trying to see if the House leadership is going to really get to work for us.
    Steady and full speed ahead!

  4. Round ’em up, move ’em OUT. ILLEGAL still means ILLEGAL as in CRIMINAL. They ALL need to go “South of the border down Mexico way” (nice song).

  5. Who wants to live in Hernando’s Hideaway? Enter legally and there is no problem. Sneak in? Vamoose!

    1. Current US immigration law states that an ASYLUM SEEKER simply has to cross the border anywhere on it. Going through a formal point of entry is NOT REQUIRED.

      By existing law, Asylum Seekers are NOT Illegal Immigrants

      The Lawless Liar trumpuke’s completely ILLEGAL zero tolerance policy VIOLATES current USA and International Law.

      One would think that these facts would outrage the Strict Law and Order proponents so vocal in trumphuckedup world.

      Wait , you’re only Strict Law and Order proponents when it serves your interests. When it doesn’t, as in this instance, Law and Order simply do not exist.

      Fitting for supporters of ” the law is what I say it is ” trumphuckedup, The Un-American traitor.

  6. Adults were forced to miss work while niños y niñas were forced to skip school? Mean old government enforcing laws rather than ignoring them? Estados de Norté Americanos are a hateful bunch aren’t they?
    Where’s Pancho Villa when you need him? Oh, he’s dead?

  7. If Congress would pass a bill:
    1. Requiring all employers to use e-Verify
    2. Making hiring an illegal alien a crime punishable by prison time
    3. Requiring all government services to be used only for legal residents
    most illegal aliens (the ones that come for the money) would stop coming.

  8. What I wonder is how this Somos Un Pueblo Unido organization manages to operate? It appears to me their entire purpose is seditious, and totally hostile to our country and our laws. This, if they are an American organization, is the definition of TREASON!

  9. Clean the swamp and the dishonesties of the Dems Mr. President

  10. To paraphrase Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.” The migrant “rights” groups are wrong.

    There’s a greater community at stake. It’s called the US and it has laws which these people violate by their presence.

    They are concerned about these criminals missing work? Let’s get those employers fined and prosecuted. Schools? The ones they overcrowd and whose resources they drain through remedial and ESL classes? Any words on the well-being of our own CITIZEN students?

    What they call “collateral” I call a bonus.

    1. Of course you do. You are a heartless, mindless, soulless, fear ridden, hate driven, sub-human, trashy Caucasian, barbarian with your head permanently locked up your butt.

    2. This site is getting horrible for their censorship of comments and how the site just plain doesn’t work. The view replies drop downs don’t work. load more comments doesn’t work, notifications doesn’t work. try sending a message to someone here, it’s gets delivered to someone you’ve never heard of. IJR, are you gonna fix your site, or not?

  11. ILLEGAL migrants HAVE no rights….other than the right to LEAVE. They broke the law willingly and purposely.

    1. In ’18 the AG, Alfred E Neuman Sessions, illegally classified all immigrants, including Asylum Seekers, as illegal immigrants as a component of the trumphuckedup totally illegal zero tolerance policy.
      These policies defy current US and US signed International Immigration Laws, Treaties, and Protocols.

      So if you support trumphuckedup’s zero tolerance immigration policy you are supporting a criminal who is violating US law.

      How do you Strict Law and Order adherents reconcile this ?
      Oh Snap I forgot ! You are effing hypocrites who only support laws you agree with and which advance your interests. You ignore, pretending they don’t exist, those you disagree with and which oppose your interests.

      Just as you do with The Constitution.

      How silly of me to forget such a fundamental tenet of trumphuckeduplicanism

      1. please state the “current US and US signed International Immigration Laws, Treaties, and Protocols” that are being violated.

      2. Explain how the dims open border policy doesn’t violate The Constitution? Try to do this without sounding like a 2-year old throwing a fit.

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