The President is trying hard to fulfill his promise of curbing immigration and appease his conservative base, with immigration raids being his latest move.
Lately, there has been a sense of desperation in Trump’s immigration policies, for which increased attention towards the plight of immigrants can be held responsible. The President is now firm about his decision of deporting at least 2,000 undocumented immigrants from 10 different cities across the country.
And as per the officials from the immigration authorities, the immigrations raids will commence from July 15, a month after Trump announced mass deportation of undocumented migrants.
The raids are expected to take place over multiple days and will comprise of “collateral” deportations, meaning “authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.”
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson said that in order to safeguard the agents, he or the agency won’t be able to provide any specific details about the raids.
“All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and – if found removable by final order – removal from the United States,” the spokesperson said.
Last month, after Trump’s tweet regarding mass deportation, ICE director Mark Morgan responded in relation with the immigration raids that will be conducted for mass deportation of undocumented migrants.
“So clearly, we don’t have the resources to deport, you know. But we have and we remove people every single year. And we’re going to continue to do that,” Morgan said.
The announcement from ICE regarding mass deportation of minimum 2,000 people from major cities across the country has sparked criticism from politicians like Hilary Clinton and Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Lieberman said, “The Trump administration’s threats against immigrants run roughshod over basic fairness and due process. For the many families who came here as refugees fleeing violence, deportation is a death threat.”
While the immigrations raids can be called politically motivated and cruel, it also seems to be one of the last efforts by Trump to get re-elected and appease his conservative base with the policies he promised to fulfill at the time of 2016 elections.
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