Trump Delays Immigration Raids

By Matthew Casey, Lauren Gilger
Published: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 5:11pm
Updated: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 11:00am

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Rev. John Mireles, national chaplain for the League of United Latin American Citizens, checks his notes during a news conference about preparations to quickly repond to immigration sweeps. President Donald Trump delayed the operation a short time later.

President Donald Trump's decision to postpone immigration sweeps caps a week of build-up to potential mass round-ups.

Trump said Monday, however, that efforts to deport millions of people will still start soon.

On Friday, reports said raids planned for Sunday would target thousands of family members who didn’t follow court orders to leave the country.

Before Trump delayed the operation on Saturday, activists like Rev. John Mireles, national chaplain for the League of United Latin American Citizens, were pooling resources to line up legal aid for anyone arrested.

“We have to be prepared for any situation regarding ICE immigration raids in our community,” he said. “This is basically a preventative measure on our part.”

It’s unclear if potential pushback by immigrant rights groups played a role in Trump’s decision.

The president said deportations will start in two weeks unless lawmakers come up with a fix on immigration.

For more on this political maneuvering, The Show turned to Lisa Magana with ASU’s School of Transborder Studies.

The Show also spoke with Roberto Reveles, founder of Somonos America, a local immigrant rights organization.

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