ICE Set to Conduct Nationwide Raid in Major Cities This Weekend
Last month, Trump announced that ICE would conduct raids throughout the country, but delayed it for two weeks. Trump tweeted and requested Democrats to work with Republicans to find a solution for Asylum and Loophole problems at the border.
Two weeks later, the Trump Administration has now announced that ICE will begin raids beginning Sunday throughout several days.
ICE will be targeting families, people with final orders of removal and people’s immigration cases that have been fast-tracked, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“Ordering ICE to resume plans to carry mass deportation raids over the weekend, his plans will tear families apart, disrupt immigrant communities across America including immigrants here legally and those in the process for legally applying for asylum. Cruelty, cruelty, seems to be the point of these raids. This is not the effort to root out dangerous individuals. This is an act of brutes force design to strike the fear in the immigrant community,” Schumer said.
According to PBS, “The operation is similar to ones conducted regularly since 2003 that often produce hundreds of arrests. It is something unusual to target families, as opposed to immigrants with criminal histories, but not unprecedented.”
ICE revealed in a statement its main focus is removing undocumented immigrants with a criminal history and “recently-arrived undocumented migrants in a bid to discourage a surge of Central American families at the southwest border,” Reuters reported.
In 2016, over 1,000 illegal immigrants were deported on a weekly basis under the Obama Administration. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), ICE “removed and returned” over 450,000 undocumented immigrants. Fewer than eight percent of these immigrants had a criminal history, 85 percent were caught and arrested attempting to cross the border and 38 percent of undocumented immigrants who were deported were part of an “Unknown Subclass.”
As Trump’s raids this weekend spark upheaval on social media, some users reminisce on the 2.5 million illegal immigrants deported under Obama.
With #ICERaids trending on Twitter, users are posting photos warning illegal immigrants about ICE in their communities.
According to PBS, “Activists have been preparing for more raids, publicizing hotlines for immigrants to call and stepping up know-your-rights trainings on what to do if agents show up. Some said they were gearing up for them to start Sunday.”
Activists in Chicago planned a rally Saturday with approximately 10,000 people expected in attendance.