After President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that an operation to deport "millions" of undocumented immigrants was imminent, a senior immigration official told CNN that ICE was moving forward with a raid that is expected to target families with court-ordered removals - approximately 2,000 people in 10 cities.
Morgan said earlier this week that ICE wanted to deport families who had recently arrived illegally in the United States to discourage more Central Americans from arriving.
Regardless of when they happen, as of now, Mayor Jacob Frey, City Council President Lisa Bender and MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo say Minneapolis is not believed to be one of the cities that will be targeted by raids. "I'm not sure if they is some type political ploy; it's playing with people's lives".
Coordinated enforcement operations take months to plan. Balancing a White House eager to push major operational changes with the reality on the ground is a constant challenge for the Department of Homeland Security.
"I think it would be good for [Pence] to be here and take the temperature of the people", Wenski said.
Authorities typically have a list of people they are targeting in any operation. "It is willing to waste resources rounding up families who are trying to do the right thing in their new home country rather than spending money taking care of kids at the border". "So it usually has to do with us going out into the community to arrest criminal aliens or going out to the community", said ICE Agent John Fabbricatore.More news: Toys R Us could return this holiday season
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These "collateral" arrests can comprise a large portion of the arrests in any operation. Federal officials then said that agents in major USA cities would target up to 2,000 family members for deportation.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will seek out families facing deportation orders, acting Director Mark Morgan said Friday. The people who received those letters may be the targets of the enforcement operation.
On Saturday he said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was focused on getting the transnational street gang MS-13 out of the United States.
Prior to sending the tweet, as the president departed for Camp David, he addressed a group of reporters and said that the deportations would start "during the course of this next week, maybe a little bit earlier than that" and that "everybody that came into the country illegally will be brought out of the country very legally".
"That's exactly the sort of fear and trauma that Trump likes to stir up", Smith said.