Delayed: ICE Deportations Target 1 Million

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was scheduled to begin court-ordered arrest and deportation of immigrant families living in the US illegally on Sunday, June 23. On June 24, President Trump announced he would delay deportations 2 weeks to allow Congress to take action. 

In briefings held following Trump’s June 17 Tweet announcing “millions” of impending ICE deportations of undocumented immigrants, Trump administration officials confirmed their goal to deport as many as 1 million people “who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges yet remain at large in the country.” 

ICE agents will target 10 major US cities including Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco, beginning with Miami, reports the Miami Herald, targeting families who are fast-tracked for deportation and

minors who came into the U.S. without their parents and have since turned 18; 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.

Immigration rights advocates across the country are preparing to offer legal and other forms of help, and stress that ICE has limited resources and detention centers are already overwhelmed and not prepared to handle a rapid increase of detainees. “It’s not practical to think that our immigration system at this moment in time could handle… this directive and this order,” said Jennifer Quigley, director of refugee advocacy for Human Rights First, an advocacy group.

Many cities are fighting back and refusing to support the deportations. Mayors in Los Angeles, Baltimore and Chicago are refusing to cooperate with ICE and telling immigrants that by law they do not have to open their door unless they have a warrant signed by a judge. Police departments in many of the cities targeted for immigration raids are saying they will not help ICE officials, while immigration rights advocates are stressing the political nature of this crackdown targeting families, rather than criminals.

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