The Jury Talks Back

7/11/2019

Nationwide Immigration Raids To Commence This Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 9:39 am

[guest post by Dana]

A few days ago we learned that the head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Ken Cuccinelli, followed up on President Trump’s warning and announced that ICE was ready to begin the postponed deportation process involving a vast number of individuals with pending removal orders.

Today, from the New York Times:

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among officials at his own immigration agency.

The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include “collateral” deportations, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation. In those deportations, the authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.

When possible, family members who are arrested together will be held in family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. But because of space limitations, some might end up staying in hotel rooms until their travel documents can be prepared. ICE’s goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible.

The officials said ICE agents were targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported — some as a result of their failure to appear in court — but who remain in the country illegally. The operation is expected to take place in at least 10 major cities.

[Ed. This administration continues to leak like a sieve.]

And in a surprise move, desperate candidate Beto O’Rourke presented his own unique brand of border control as he actively discouraged migrants from crossing the border into the U.S.:

The former Texas congressman was asked this week at roundtable event featuring immigrant and refugee participants to explain how President O’Rourke would fight white supremacy in the United States.

“I know this from my home state, Texas, places that formed the Confederacy, that this country was founded on white supremacy,” the poorly polling 2020 Democratic primary candidate responded.

He added, “And every single institution and structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression, even in our democracy.”

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

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