Goal of Trump's ICE Raids Threat, Warn Rights Advocates, Is to 'Terrorize Immigrant Communities'
President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants will reportedly enter a new phase Sunday as ICE agents across the country are then expected to begin several days of raids targeting families, an announcement that was decried as “terrorism” by critics.
“Let’s call President Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities what they are: Bigoted. Anti-Immigrant. And a blatant attempt to terrorize immigrant families.”
—Rep. Ben Ray Luján
“This is not a ‘rule of law’ operation,” Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a tweet. “The goal is to terrorize immigrant communities so immigrants do not seek protection in the U.S.”
The raids are expected to begin Sunday and continue for “several days,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story Thursday morning.
The operation is tailored to target families but, as the Times reported, anyone in the vicinity of the operation could also be taken into custody:
The threat of collateral deportations had advocates like Colorado Democratic candidate for Senate Trish Zornio up in arms.
“POTUS’s proposed raids will include ‘collateral’ arrests if immigrants happen to be in the vicinity,” tweeted Zornio. “This is beyond morally wrong and is in direct opposition of U.S. principles.”
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) took to Twitter to attack the president, calling the predicted raids “bigoted” and “anti-immigrant.”
“Let’s call President Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities what they are,” said Luján. “Bigoted. Anti-Immigrant. And a blatant attempt to terrorize immigrant families.”
It’s not the first time Trump has threatened to send the government after immigrant families. On June 17, the president tweeted that his administration would begin conducting raids the “next week.”
“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” the president said at the time—before backing down five days later on June 22 with an ominous pledge to restart the process if Democrats in Congress did not fix the immigration issue, specifically the “asylum and loophole problems.”
House Democrats passed a $4.6 billion bill for the border on June 27, legislation that exposed a growing rift between congressional leadership and the party’s outspoken new members.
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