The Washington Post is reporting that Donald Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans.
This is sick! This is cruel! This is unAmerican! Imagine the suffering – separation and the propensity for someone to get hurt.
The “family op,” as it is referred to at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, is slated to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other major immigration destinations, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the law enforcement operation.
Trump has been determined to go forward with the family operation after tweeting Monday that the immigration raids were coming “next week” as a first step toward his pledge for “millions” of deportations. The White House has been in direct communication with acting ICE director Mark Morgan and other ICE officials, circumventing McAleenan, three officials said.
The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) denounces the Trump Administration’s planned raids targeting immigrant and asylum-seeking families. According to the latest media reports, the raids are slated to commence in the predawn hours this Sunday. At the president’s behest, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to target up to 2,000 families in major U.S. cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco.
“Mass immigration raids tear families apart, traumatize vulnerable children, and sow fear and chaos in our communities,” CGRS-California Directing Attorney Christine Lin said today. “This is yet another attempt by the president to score a few political points at the expense of children and families. Among those targeted in this latest sweep are asylum-seeking families who have come to this country fleeing unimaginable violence. Raiding their homes in the dead of night will retraumatize parents and children who have already endured so much. Our local rapid response networks in northern California stand ready to defend the rights of impacted community members.”
BY MELANIE NATHAN
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