Trump says he will delay mass deportation raids for two weeks | CBC News - Lebanon news - أخبار لبنان

Trump says he will delay mass deportation raids for two weeks | CBC News

Trump says he will delay mass deportation raids for two weeks | CBC News

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will delay mass deportation raids scheduled for Sunday as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues.In a Twitter message Saturday afternoon, Trump said 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.”Trump warned that if no compromise is reached, “Deportations start!”U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi had urged religious leaders to pressure Trump to stop immigration raids by his administration expected to target families in up to 10 U.S. cities on Sunday.Raid would ‘inject terror,’ Pelosi saysPelosi, a Democrat representing California, said in a release that the expected raids would “inject terror into our communities” and tear families apart.”The president’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime,” Pelosi said, urging faith-based and other leaders to convey to Trump the value of U.S. refugee resettlement programs.The Republican president told reporters on Saturday before heading to the Camp David presidential retreat that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was focused on getting the transnational street gang MS-13 out of the United States.Many asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador cite gang violence, driven largely by groups like MS-13, as the reason they come to the United States for refuge.Mark Morgan, acting director of ICE, said this week his agency would target for deportation families that have received a removal order from a U.S. immigration court.An operation was slated to launch on Sunday and expected to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, the Washington Post reported on Friday.Trump has made illegal immigration a centrepiece of his administration and is likely to highlight it in his campaign for the 2020 election, but so far he has not brought arrests and deportations up to levels seen in President Barack Obama’s first term, as resources are stretched by an influx of migrants at the Mexico border.Trump is trying to stop migrants from coming in the first place and deporting those who have been released into the United States.In March, ICE said arrests of immigrants in the interior of the United States dropped in the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, which began last October.
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