Kirsters’ Opinion| On Monday, the President took to Twitter to announce that United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be starting to deport millions of illegal immigrants. It now seems that Trump is falling back on his word after harsh criticism and multiple requests from Democrats to reconsider.
He announced on Saturday that he would be “delaying the illegal immigration removal process for two weeks at the request of Democrats to see if Congress will work together on a solution to fix the asylum loopholes,” according to the Gateway Pundit.
“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) 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!” President Trump said in a Saturday tweet.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Fox News explains that the President’s tweet “came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, called Trump Friday and urged him to call off the raids, a source familiar with the situation told Fox News.”
On Friday, it was reported by The Washington Post that it was expected that ICE would be going after around 2,000 families in as many as 10 cities across the country.
Fox News reports:
ICE said in a statement Friday that “due to law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to enforcement operations.”
However, it said that ICE prioritizes arresting and removing those illegal immigrants “who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”
Despite fierce opposition from local Democratic politicians in targeted cities, Trump had stood by the plan earlier Saturday, saying that “everybody who came into the country illegally will be brought out of the country very legally.”
He also dismissed the Democratic opposition on Saturday, saying they were mostly “high crime” cities.
“Well some cities are going to fight it. But if you notice they’re generally high crime cities, if you look at Chicago they’re fighting it. If you look at other cities they’re fighting it. Many of those cities are high crime cities and they’re sanctuary cities,” the President said.
Exact details about what kind of negotiations were in the works were not revealed, however, the President’s postponement of the threatened mass deportation “comes amid an escalating crisis at the border, with more than 140,000 migrants encountered or apprehended at the border in May,” according to Fox. “Earlier this month, Trump announced that he had secured a deal with Mexico that would see the U.S. expand its policy of returning asylum applicants to Mexico while claims are processed, instead of applicants being released into the U.S.”