ICE raids have started, after President Donald Trump announced his intent to round up nearly 2,000 illegal immigrants who ignored court orders to leave the country.
According to NBC News, the raids will take place over the next few days.
While the Administration initially planned to carry out a large number of raids on Sunday, officials instead decided to do a smaller set of arrests over a longer period of time. Their decision came after reports about the raids warned immigrant communities, while many leaders even gave illegal immigrants tips on how to avoid ICE officials.
As of Sunday afternoon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “literally no activity yet today” on the expected raids.” He added, At this moment, nothing.”
On Saturday, De Blasio tweeted that his office had received reports of “reportedly unsuccessful ICE enforcement actions” in the neighborhoods of Harlem and Sunset Park.
Receiving reports of attempted but reportedly unsuccessful ICE enforcement actions in Sunset Park and Harlem.@NYCImmigrants and advocates are connecting with residents and distributing resources door to door.
Remember: you have rights. Call 311 and say ActionNYC for help. pic.twitter.com/OZwpxlm30d
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 13, 2019
Objective reporting for the educated American.
Volunteers handing out Know Your Rights fliers in different languages to a pastor in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where Mayor’s office said @ICEgov was knocking on doors yesterday but didn’t arrest anyone. @WNYC pic.twitter.com/4pLdMOXt6G
— Beth Fertig (@bethfertig) July 14, 2019
The Trump Administration is remaining tight-lipped about details of the raids.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “In the same way I wasn’t willing to talk about operational details, that would be an operational detail that I’m not going to comment on. There are a million people, including families, with removal orders. The priority remains for ICE to get at criminals.”
Cuccinelli emphasized that the agency was prioritizing violent criminals. The media, however, has dishonestly portrayed the raids as targeting families. The targeted individuals are people who have been court ordered to leave, but ignored those orders and remained in the US. The cities that are targeted include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, and Houston.