(PM) — Immigrant families and their supporters were on standby Sunday for mass deportation seizures across the United States cautioned by President Donald Trump, but by early afternoon there were no indications of nationwide enforcement.
Trump stated on Friday that a surge of apprehensions of immigrants risking deportation would begin over the weekend. The multi-day process is targeting around 2,000 people in about ten cities who have been dictated deported by an immigration judge but have yet to leave the country.
But as immigrants sojourned inside their homes and attorneys stood by to render free legal aid, there was no verified news of large enforcement operations in any of the ten cities targeted in Sunday’s threatened operation.
Mayors of major U.S. cities, nearly all Democrats, have declared their law enforcement agencies will not participate with ICE on deportations. The mayors of the targeted cities under Trump’s announcement also authenticated that no ICE raids were confirmed to have occurred Sunday.
An ICE spokeswoman refused to elucidate on operations, citing the safety of the agency’s personnel.
Democratic officials and migrant activists told immigrants they possess the freedom not to open their doors to ICE agents unless an official warrant signed by a judge is given (Example below).
The threatened seizures come after migrant seizures hit a 13-year high in May at the southwest border, many of them Central Americans escaping poverty and gang violence in their birthplace countries.
The Trump administration faces extensive criticism for sheltering immigrants in overpopulated and unsanitary conditions, and there are anxieties about migrant children being severed from adults by U.S. authorities.