President Donald Trump's plan to begin deporting "millions" of undocumented immigrants as soon as next week will start with people who have defied final deportation orders, acting Immigration, Customs and Enforcement Director Mark Morgan says.
"Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States", wrote Trump on Twitter last night. The details are not clear. The largest number of people deported by ICE was 409,824 in 2012.
Trump has yet to build new miles of wall along the southern border, and Mexico has flatly refused to pay for it despite Trump's improbable promises in the 2016 campaign.
He said ICE's priority for deportation will continue to be criminal migrants, but he said the agency can not ignore other people who've broken the law by being here illegally, and have been ordered removed.
ICE officials promised several months ago to step up arrests in New Jersey following the state attorney general's new rules limiting how much local police can help federal immigration officials.
The majority of the illegal immigrants are from the Northern Triangle of Central America-El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. He recently dropped a threat to slap tariffs on Mexico after the country agreed to dispatch its national guard and step-up coordination and enforcement efforts.More news: Oil up as trade woes abate with Trump, Xi meeting
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The crackdown is believed to be part of the same plan reported to have been hatched by the Trump administration to carry out mass arrests across 10 major USA cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, targeting families that had recently entered the country. There were 1,662 in family detention, also at capacity, and one of the family detention centers is now housing single adults. "And the mayor of Oakland went out and warned them all", Trump said at the time, adding that her actions were a "disgrace".
Morgan said that while ICE will continue to prioritize targeting criminals in its crackdowns, it will not be returning to past practice of avoiding prosecution of immigrants without criminal records, meaning families would be at risk of being targeted. "We are excited to open these new areas so that more visitors may experience this year's Independence Day celebration in our nation's capital".
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Espinosa and other immigrant advocates encourage families to have an emergency preparedness plan, including a contact to care for children if their parents are arrested and savings to pay for a bond or utility bills. "We're going to have hundreds of thousands of people". Trump appeared to tweet that the plan is back in motion: "They will be removed as fast as they come in".
Three weeks ago there were 4,200 illegal migrants arriving at the United States border daily, and that has now dropped to 2,600 a day, according to a Mexican official.