Trump delays planned ICE raids

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Published on June 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:36s

Trump delays planned ICE raids

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues.

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Trump delays planned ICE raids

One day before a mass roundup of migrant families was set to begin, President Trump announced he would delay the deportation raids for two weeks "to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.

If not, Deportations start!" The announced raids got fierce pushback from Democrats and immigrant rights groups.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a release that the expected raids would "inject terror into our communities" and tear families apart.

"The President's action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime." Trump on Saturday said the focus would be on criminals: SOUNDBITE U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "One other thing, we are very focused on MS-13, getting them out, and I hope you are not going to stick up too much for MS-13, but we are very focused - ICE- these are fantastic people - we are very focused on getting MS-13 out of this country." Earlier this week, acting ICE director Mark Morgan told reporters the agency would target families that have received a removal order from a U.S. immigration court.

The Washington Post said the plan was referred to as the "family op" at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, and was slated to target up to 2,000 families in as many as 10 U.S. cities.

The report also said that acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan has been urging ICE to conduct a narrower, more-targeted operation, warning that an indiscriminate operation to arrest migrants in their homes and at work risks separating children from their parents.

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