According to a person familiar with the matter, federal immigration officials attempted to conduct raids on Saturday in at least two districts of New York the day before President Trump announced that immigration and customs agents were illegally launching national raids against individuals in the US
In New York, ICE agents went to residences in the Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan and Brooklyn's Sunset Park, the person said. The agents were rejected by the people in the residences because they did not have arrest warrants, but according to the person, they plan to return to Sunset Park at least tomorrow.
A spokeswoman for ICE in New York said the agency will not do that to provide specific details related to enforcement measures. "As always, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of illegally present foreigners, which pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security," said the spokeswoman in the US mobilized for the planned raid.
After news of the raids leaked last week, President Trump told reporters Friday before heading off on a fundraising trip to Milwaukee that Sunday's raid would start bringing people out and they'll return them to their countries. "
Mr. Trump said the raids would focus on criminals, and agents would "eliminate criminals, imprison them, or jail them in the countries they came from."
Mr. Trump had announced a similar raid last month, but it was postponed due to security concerns.
White House officials did not want to confirm or deny the re-operation, but repeated earlier statements that there are more than one million people in that country illegally and in violation of a court order for deportation. "It's time for these people to go home," said a government official who spoke for background information.
The official added that the immigrant summaries are not new and were also carried out during the Obama administration. ICE officials said Friday they had completed a one-week operation in San Diego County, which arrested 20 people. Most were sought on the basis of deportation orders and criminal convictions, but seven were picked up for immigration violations ̵
According to officials from the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services, many cities in Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco are designated as protected areas for undocumented migrants, an in Texas based nonprofit organization. In many cities protests took place on Friday and Saturday.
Immigration advocates who seek to protect undocumented residents are being victimized by the Trump administration for political reasons. Many of the immigrants fled violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and could be harmed if sent back.
It is safer and carries only a higher risk of migrants being abused, getting sick and dying, "said Vanita Gupta, CEO of the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights Coalition in a statement helping each immigrant it takes. In New York, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, undocumented New Yorkers, called for free appeals to be made available throughout the weekend. Mayor London Breed and other San Francisco officials offered assistance, including through a hotline, to report raids. Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Chicago has increased the funds for a legal protection fund for immigrants.
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