NEW YORK—On Sunday, July 14th Nationwide Raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin. The final details of this rapidly changing operation, backed by President Donald Trump, have not been released according to two current and one former homeland security officials. This operation was previously delayed for two weeks, partly because of resistance among officials at Trump’s immigration agency. However, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Ken Cuccinelli said Wednesday that the ICE raids are “absolutely going to happen.”
According to officials, the raids conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will span over multiple days. The deportations will be “collateral,” meaning “authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.” Also, ICE agents will be targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered to be deported and will be carrying out this operation in at least 10 major cities.
According to local sources, an Indian restaurant in Washington, D.C. was raided by ICE last week during which several Hindi speaking employees were taken to the Montgomery County jail in Maryland. Given the prospect of more immigration raids in the DC area, SAALT and Justice for Muslims Collective (JMC) are calling for volunteers to join them for an outreach effort on July 13th and 14th. If you or someone you know needs more information regarding this issue please email us at [email protected]
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