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What Houston-area lawmen say about planned weekend ICE raids

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Thousands of undocumented immigrant family members will be arrested in raids beginning Sunday

Members of Trump's administration, including acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, objected to initial plans for the raids, the Times reported, arguing their sweeping nature could result in family separations.

People protest the pending ICE raids. "We are focused on - if you look at MS-13 - but when people come into our country, we take those people out, and we take them out very legally".

Trump later announced those operations were being postponed.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who plans to visit the Homestead detention center with a group of lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee on Monday, said ICE has left lawmakers in the dark about the raids.

"By Day 2, 3, 4, 5, word has gotten out that we're conducting this type of operation and people are gone", Sandweg said. "Nothing to be secret about". If the agent has a warrant signed by an immigration judge, tell the officer to back away from the door, Vara said, and then exit the house through a different door before the officer gets in. "It's a major operation".

In Trump's first year, ICE arrested 109,000 criminals and 46,000 people without criminal records - a 171% increase in the number of non-criminal individuals arrested compared to 2016.

Who exactly is being targeted?

Trump has repeatedly emphasized the importance of not telegraphing upcoming plans when it comes to military operations.

Well, it's been a few weeks, and multiple news outlets are now reporting that immigration raids will likely begin this Sunday in those same ten cities - Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, and Miami.

It's still unclear when and where ICE will be focusing. While the president's announcement may have made the headlines he intended, with his supporters going on cable television to praise his crackdown and coverage of the ensuing panic in immigrant communities leading the news, former officials told TIME it's likely to impede ICE's arrests and that broadcasting the timeline could endanger ICE agents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids start Sunday, and the order is to remove people who are in the United States illegally.

'Two thousand people deported is not that large in the annual scheme of things, ' said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell Law School professor specializing in immigration. "It is clearly all part of what the administration sees as a way to get deterrence". The Trump administration last fall expedited the immigration proceedings of those families, and numerous migrants were given notice in February to appear at an ICE office and leave the country. Orders immigration attorney Kara Lynum says came in some cases against those assigned a court hearing they never knew about.

However, immigration advocates in New Jersey said they need to be prepared.

Planning for the operation was rapidly changing, and final details were in flux, the New York Times reported.

Torres said they have activated their emergency response team, which provides support and various resources to those who may be detained by ICE. Additionally, she said immigrants should memorize this statement: "I wish to remain silent, to exercise my right to remain silent and to refuse to answer any questions".

"Stay calm and keep the door closed".

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