In a typical week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests thousands of immigrants who are staying in the country illegally, according to government data.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Wednesday that ICE has court-issued removal orders for around one million people, but acknowledged that it has nowhere near the manpower and facilities capacity to pursue that many. ICE reportedly plans to target 10 major US cities - Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and San Francisco. So, we must say it clearly: This is unbearable to the undocumented immigrant community and demands a massive response on the part of our progressive forces in the country.
The raids will be conducted in at least ten cities, targeting at least 2,000 immigrants.
The agents have also noted that the operation might have limited success because word has already spread among immigrant communities about how to avoid arrest - namely, by refusing to open the door when an agent approaches one's home.
But the president, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, said he was not concerned that the advance notice could help targeted immigrants evade arrest.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will launch sweeping deportation operations on Sunday as the administration expands its crackdown on undocumented immigrants, the New York Times reported.
"He has used our vulnerable immigrants and refugees who are fearing for their very livelihoods and their families to distract us", Hancock said.
A coalition of Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer introduced a bill on Thursday that would end the practice of family separations and would create a set of health and safety standards to ensure the well-being of migrants in detention centers.
In another tweet, Ocasio-Cortez shared a post about rights by the National Immigration Law Center and wrote, "No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America - where ALL people have rights". "We're really looking for criminals as much as we can".
The Trump administration has increased pressure on the governments of Mexico and several Central American countries to stem the flow of migrants reaching the U.S. border. During a roundtable discussion on WLRN radio last month, multiple activists said immigrants across Miami were asking lawyers and advocates whether they should go into hiding, make arrangements to shelter their children with relatives, or sell their cars.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Republican House Minority Leader said: " If you come to this position, you've been here for years, you've gone through a court system, you've been found that you have been deported, you have to follow the rule of the law".
FOX31 reached out to ICE to ask if there were any possible raids scheduled in Denver.
Weeks also said many immigrants come to the USA illegally for economic reasons.