Immigration law groups are preparing for mass protests nationwide as President Donald Trump warns of mass attacks targeting undocumented immigrants.
Speaking at a press conference during his trip to Japan earlier this week, Trump said that federal immigration and customs officials would soon start raiding, "unless we do something quite wonderful."
Trump had previously warned that an ICE operation against undocumented migrants with deportation orders would start soon, saying he would instead give Congress two weeks to work on new laws to reduce the number of immigrants who illegally Cross border between the US and Mexico, slowing down.
However, he said that insufficient progress has been made in reforming the asylum laws for migrants arriving at the border. ICE will thus continue the previously planned raids.
"We will remove a large number of people," said Trump.
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More than 150 protests are scheduled on Tuesday at #CloseTheCamps, including 7pm. Protest at the Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility, the site where ICE detains adult migrant detainees in Union County.
"We have seen the pictures and heard the stories from children's detention centers. Terribly, these conditions are not an accident. They are a by-product of Trump's deliberate strategy of terrorizing immigrant communities and criminalizing immigration, "a statement by the groups planning the # CloseTheCamps protests said.
More protests are planned in immigration detention centers across the country and in the US According to the organizers, the local offices of Congress members, including many in New York and Philadelphia, arrested 36 demonstrators on Sunday after blocking the entrance to the ICE detention center had. They were among the approximately 100 demonstrators who participated in the action week "Never again: Jews against ICE".
The organizers said the group had blocked the entrance to the Elizabeth facility for about 90 minutes. They compared the detention of immigrants with the detention of Jews during the Holocaust.
"Jews are closing the ICE, because if we never say it again, we are serious," the group said in a statement. "As Jews, we have been taught never again to admit anything like the Holocaust, and now that children are being detained under unacceptable conditions, ICE raids are targeting our communities, and people are dying on the border in search of security in the US, we see the signs of a mass atrocity. "
Supporters started a GoFundMe site to raise money for bail and court costs for those arrested.At 3 pm Monday, the site had more than $ 68,000 for a $ 110,000 target
The money that was not used to rescue the 36 arrested protesters goes to Movimiento Cosecha, an advocacy group for immigrants.
It is unclear how many undocumented immigrants ICE may target has commented neither on Trump's statements nor on the question of whether an operation to raid persons with deportation orders is imminent t.
ICE is empowered to accept deportation migrants and send them to immigration detention centers, where they may be sent back quickly after a hearing back to their home countries.
New Jersey recently restricted the ability of local police to support ICE. Comprehensive new procedures, presented in November by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, came into force on 15 March.
The new rules limit when New Jersey's 36,000 police officers can support ICE raids and limit cases in which undocumented immigrants can be held in county jails until immigration officials pick them up.
New Jersey has one of the largest populations of undocumented immigrants in the nation, with an estimated 475,000 immigrants living illegally in the country. Kelly Heyboer could be reached at email@example.com . Follow her on Twitter @KellyHeyboer . Find them at KellyHeyboerReporter on Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook .
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