Jul 11, 2019

ICE set to arrest thousands of immigrant families in mass raids: NYT

Immigrants are released from detention through a 'catch and release' immigration policy in 2018 in Texas. Photo: Loren Elliott/AFP/Getty Images

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is due to start raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families Sunday, the New York Times reports, citing 2 current Homeland Security officials and 1 person who used to work there.

The big picture: Thursday's report comes after Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli told reporters Wednesday the raids would "absolutely" happen. Trump said last month he would delay what he called the "Illegal Immigration Removal Process," referencing the planned mass ICE raids, at the request of Democrats.

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680 immigrants arrested in Mississippi ICE raids

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers gather for a debriefing after operations in 2018. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

680 immigrants were arrested Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at 7 food processing plants in small towns in Mississippi, the AP reports.

Why it matters: ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence said these could be the largest workplace raids ICE has had in more than a decade, and likely the biggest for any single state, per the AP. This comes just a few weeks after ICE raids that reportedly targeted thousands of immigrants resulted in just 35 arrests. ICE detention facilities still hold thousands more migrants than Congress has approved funding for.

Trump's ICE raids fall flat

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Judging by the numbers alone, the much-touted ICE raids were far from a success.

By the numbers: There were 35 arrests over the pair of raids this year, out of a target list of 2,000 people, per AP. 650 arrests took place in one long weekend of raids in 2017.

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Churches offer sanctuary and support to immigrants over ICE raids

El Calvario Methodist Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been housing asylum-seekers released by ICE. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Religious and community leaders across the U.S. are rallying for immigrants, AP reports, as they braced Sunday for President Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids to take effect.

Details: Churches in Houston offered sanctuary to anyone worried they might be arrested, while activists in Miami gave out fliers outside churches to inform immigrants of their rights, per AP. Some parishioners in New Jersey were being advised what to do if ICE agents came knocking, according USA Today.

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