According to a previous CNN report responding to a recent presidential tweet, ICE raids will begin Sunday, June 23 2019 and continue over several days. This report is confirmed by a senior immigration official who asserted that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is set to launch impending raids in 10 U.S. cities. An email received by this author stated these cities are to include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco, targeting approximately 2,000 people.
In vehement support of the expected raid, Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan stated, “If you’re here illegally, then you should be removed … and in this case, that includes families.”
Possibly in response to Democratic leaders challenging the planned raids as “shameful,” “a reelection stunt” and “a despicable act of racism,” the White House amplified its determination to order raids, signalling that the ‘illegal’ immigrants to be seized in the upcoming [ICE] roundup “broke the law” and will be deported. In response, local Democratic politicians are giving assurance that they will oppose the operation.
The White House tweeted statement asserts:
“The people that ICE will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported. This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.”
Although, the White House had announced earlier this week that ICE will “begin … removing millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” a report from The Washington Post reiterated the previous estimate of 2,000 targeted families. Rumor has it that the priority for ICE is arresting and removing illegal immigrants “who [it considers] pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
A report from The Miami Herald states that among the first to be targeted will be minors who came into the U.S. without their parents and have since turned 18 [DACA recipients], people who were ordered removed in absentia, and people who missed a court hearing and did not respond to letters mailed to their homes by the Department of Justice.
The raids are expected to encounter appreciable opposition from local officials and politicians who represent sanctuary cities, counties and states, as well as authorities who view the raids as inhumane.
In the past, ICE raids have received a significant opposing response in California, as are the upcoming roundups. Gov. Gavin Newsom called the impending removals “cruel.”
“I want Californians to know they have legal rights and protections, regardless of their immigration status,” said Newsom. “California is a place of refuge – that includes our schools, our courts and our hospitals and clinics. We hold certain institutions sacred and people should continue to access programs and services they need.”
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, commented that her city “remains a proud sanctuary city, and we are committed to protecting the rights of all our immigrant families in the face of these disturbing threats.”
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti stated that his city and local law enforcement wouldn’t participate in the operation.
“Los Angeles will always stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and our law enforcement officers will never participate in these actions,” Garcetti stated. “No Angeleno should ever have to fear being snatched from their home or separated from their loved ones — and we are doing everything we can to provide immigrant families with the information and support they need.”
The White House responded to these pushbacks:
“Well some cities are going to fight it. But if you notice they’re generally high crime cities, if you look at Chicago they’re fighting it. If you look at other cities they’re fighting it. Many of those cities are high crime cities and they’re sanctuary cities,” he said.
If you are concerned about the impending ICE raids, please alert your city, county, and state officials, along with your national representatives.
For more information on expected national ICE raids, see the following sites, from which this information was taken.