The ghostly spread of immigration attacks this week in several major cities has sparked concern among proponents and Democrats as the Trump administration escalated its efforts to illegally deport those in the country.
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"People come to our country illegally, we take them out legally. It's very simple, "Trump told reporters on Friday. "I do not like doing that."
The move has upset critics and lawmakers who over the last few weeks have tried to shed light on the treatment of migrants by the Trump administration. Democrats and immigration advocates have warned that the raids could lead to further family divisions and an increase in populations in overcrowded detention centers.
The exercise was originally scheduled to take place last month. However, after his details were widely circulated, the president tweeted on June 22 that the raids would be delayed by two weeks to allow legislators to make changes to the nation's immigration laws.
The chances for such an agreement were practically zero As the control of the Congress is divided, the recent proposals to combat the asylum system have had no effect.
As a result, the raids will start on Sunday and can last until Friday.
"There's nothing to hide over," Trump said last Friday, "When the word comes out, it comes out because hundreds of people know about it. It's a big operation."
Sergio Gonzales, Deputy director of The Immigration Hub, the progressive group expects federal agents to target between 5,000 and 7,000 people with a focus on 10 major cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.
An ICE spokesperson declined to comment on the details of the company, citing concerns over agent security and prioritizing the arrest and removal of people posing a security threat However, the spokesman acknowledged that other people found during the raids without proper documentation may be arrested and have to be removed.
"Sweeping work that has tremendous adverse effects and also causes great pain to people," said Gonzales. "And in many cases it depends on what you would call human rights violations."
The plans met with opposition from Democrats, immigration advocates and local officials whose cities are likely to serve as targets.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday that city police would not help with the raids. The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, said Friday that the city will "never" support summaries that are "only meant to spread fear".
The American Civil Liberties Union pre-empted a lawsuit against the Trump administration before the raids in an effort to protect asylum seekers from deportation and national advocacy groups mobilized to inform immigrant communities about their rights and legal resources.
The raids could lead to family divisions when single parents or individual children are detained, something of concern to Democrats
"Families Belong Together," Nancy Pelosi Nancy PelosiSocial Media Summit lit. Approaches to technology Ocasio-Cortez's racism indictment shows that Pelosi is in danger of being devoured by the New York Democrat revolution on Ocasio-Cortez, another progressive: "primaries go in two directions" MORE ( D-Calif.) Said at a press conference on Thursday. "Every person in America has rights. These families are diligent members of our communities and our country. This brutal action will terrify children and tear families apart.
The arrests of family members could at one point give an impressive picture in which Democrats hammer the Trump administration for their treatment of migrants.
The House Oversight Committee held a hearing On Friday, the government focused on the family separation policy, in which the legislature said it was witness to migrants living in poor conditions without adequate sanitation and access to basic needs additional resources to cope with the influx of migrants and to group dozens of people who need to be addressed and, in some cases, detained in detention centers.
"Now you will send more people to places with well-documented ill-treatment and ill-treatment," he said.
But administrative officials and Republican lawmakers ha Trump claimed the operation was focused on "criminals" and "bad players". Although opponents argue that the president usually represents immigrants in this form.
Ken Cuccinelli, incumbent director of the US Customs and Immigration Department, described the deportations as a necessary law enforcement mission and downplayed concerns that the summaries would put further pressure on an already taxed system.
"You can not let the other parts of the pipeline lapse," he said on CNN last week. "The end of the illegal immigration pipeline is deportation."
According to government data, the number of border crossings in May has fallen by nearly 30 percent, and Trump is a compliment to Mexico for increasing its efforts to curb the influx of migrants to the southern border.
Despite the progress made on this front, Trump considered the raids a necessary step to prove he was ready to push through his tough immigration agenda.
"I'm committed to that, Trump said on Friday. "The Democrats should now swap the gaps. You should change asylum.