Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will launch huge raids on Sunday focusing on undocumented immigrants scheduled for deportation, The New York Times reported early Thursday, in an operation, President Trump delayed weeks ago.
The ICE motion had been set to take place in 10 major cities and target as much as 2,000 immigrants, according to a number of reports.
In line with the Times, officials will attempt to hold detained family members at facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania, including that ICE wants to deport families as quickly as possible.
The newspaper added that other undocumented immigrants caught up in the raids is also detained.
ICE didn’t instantly reply to a request for comment on the report.
Trump said in late June that he was temporarily delaying the raids to give Congress time to go new restrictions on asylum laws, which Democrats who management the Home oppose.
Trump earlier this month said the raids would start after the July 4 holiday.
The acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, informed reporters on Wednesday that the raids have been “going to occur” however didn’t provide particulars.
The raids are the newest hard-line approach taken by the administration to deter migrants from making the journey from Central America to the U.S.
Trump in March threatened to close the southern border until the flow of migrants was stemmed, eventually striking a deal with Mexico that the Department of Homeland Security has touted as decreasing crossings.
Apprehensions dropped 28.5 percent between May and June, suggesting the deal had a major impact on Central American immigration.
Critics, however, say the measures have done little to deter migrants and that the fall in apprehensions is usually because of the rising heat in the summertime months when migrants are traditionally much less likely to cross into the U.S.
In 2018, the general apprehensions fell by 17 p.c in June, a less significant drop. However, this June still had the most arrests since 2004.