Princeton professor calls Trump's tweet about ICE raids a 'terroristic act'

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump promised to start deporting "millions of illegal aliens" from the United States next week, but the announced raids on immigrant families appear to have caught the country's immigration officials by surprise. A Trump administration official says the 1 million migrants who have been issued final deportation orders but are still living in the USA would be targeted first.

Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.

Government data partly contradicts that assertion.

This comes amid reports that the number of migrants detained at the border is starting to decrease after several months of record border arrests - the number of family units dropping by about 13 percent in June.

John Thune, the South Dakota lawmaker who is No. 2 in GOP Senate leadership, told CNN he had no idea what Trump was referring to. But ICE is unlikely to quickly locate and remove vast numbers of migrants. The intent, Morgan said, is to deter migrants from coming to the US-Mexico border, and the operation is expected to include families who are on an expedited court docket. "And we're going to continue to do that"'.

To meet the president's goal of "millions" of deportations, ICE would need significantly more agents and funding.

"In my opinion, this is the worst crisis, actually, that we've really seen in modern history with respect to the illegal immigration along our southwest border, simply because of the demographics", Morgan, the newly appointed leader of ICE, said Tuesday in a call with reporters. Of those, almost 11,000 orders were issued in absentia, meaning the immigrant did not appear in court.

Vitiello was replaced at ICE by former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Border Patrol official Mark Morgan, who had impressed the president with statements on cable television in favor of harsh immigration enforcement measures. But Morgan, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller, and the president support the actions, a senior White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal fissures.

ICE has the power to pick up immigrants with deportation orders and send them to immigration detention centers.

There is division among Trump officials about whether the roundup will make for good politics and policy.

Informing the world about the federal agency's upcoming plan, Trump also took time to publicize the U.S. government's divide, asserting that the Democrats were to blame for the "border crisis" and loopholes in the USA immigration system (though he did not give any examples). They have accepted Trump's declaration of a state of emergency in order to use Pentagon funds to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and deploy thousands of active-duty soldiers inside the United States.

Morgan also mentioned that about 95% of the migrants who crossed the southern border in 2017 and were allowed into the interior have not been removed, suggesting they will be among those targeted for these operations. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also leads Trump by six points, and Sen.

Apparent reticence on the part of the heads of the Department of Homeland Security and ICE towards a plan to round up 10,000 parents and children in the ten largest cities in the country led to their ouster earlier this year.

Traditionally, ICE has prioritized criminals for deportation.

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