Activists, many from the Netsroot Nation conference, protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policy as they march in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Jarrett Renshaw

US: ICE deportation crackdown to begin today

US President Donald Trump’s plan of arresting hundreds of immigrants facing deportation is set to begin from Sunday, President Trump said on Friday, confirming the act, intended to discourage a surge of asylum seekers from Central America to enter into the US.

A nationwide wave of arrests of immigrants living in 10 cities who have been entitled to be deported by an Immigration Court but have not left the country, will commence over Sunday.

“People are coming into this country illegally, we are taking them out legally,” Trump told reporters on Friday, calling it a “major operation” that would mainly focus on removing criminals.

Most of the arrests of immigration living illegally are made without any advance publicity so as not to help the immigration evade the arrest. This is something Trump was not concerned, he told reporters, thereby making the arrest without any prior public notice.

On the other hand, a number of mayors, nearly all democrats in the cities condemned the move, denying to corporate with ICE officers on deportation. They have repeated their long-standing police of not cooperating with ICE officers.

Rather they have informed the immigration about their rights, telling them not to open the door unless agents present a court-issued warrant, and not to tell or sign anything until a lawyer shows up there. They have also advertised the helplines for helping with people’s rights.


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