Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, said Wednesday that ICE has removal orders for some one million migrants, but added that it has nowhere near the manpower or facilities to arrest and deport that many.
Administration officials have said that the coordinated action will target about 2,000 people with final deportation orders in major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Miami.
Officials and organizations in each city are taking steps to mitigate the unwarranted arrests. "Any city, any law enforcement agency that resists, does not cooperate, they're actually putting those cities in higher danger".
The raids will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over several days.
The raids are slated to affect New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and other major USA cities. We have the right to remain silent.
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He said the African Union's multinational force in Somalia will continue to work to stabilise the country. Al-Shabab has been fighting to topple the government and install Sharia law for over a decade.
"It's part of our day-to-day operations", Albence said.
"Regardless of it being in 10 cities across the country, we know it happens and it has happened here", El Centro President Irene Caudillo said.
Undocumented immigrants who want to check whether a removal order has been issued against them can call the Immigration Court Information System's automated number at 1-800-898-7180.
"It pushes people further into the darkness, further into the dark and further outside the realm of society, which means we have a hard time investigating crimes", Acevedo said.
Migrant families and the immigrant community at large have been thrown into panic, with many who are anxious about potentially being targeted already going underground, or leaving their homes to stay with relatives and friends. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was reportedly concerned about the logistics of the operation, including the possible separation of families.
In New York City, ICE agents went to residences in the Harlem section of Manhattan and Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood, the person said. There also is considerable criticism that border officials are separating children from their parents.