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Crackdown on immigrant families facing deportation in U.S

15 July 2019

The raids are slated to affect New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and other major USA cities.

The Obama-era family operation in 2016 resulted in about 10% of those targeted being arrested, and the2017 effort had a lower arrest rate, Albence said.

Warren, D-Mass., shared her potential immigration plan, criticizing President Donald Trump for a policy of "cruelty and division" and stating she would focus on eliminating the abusive enforcement of immigration law, reducing detentions, reforming immigration courts, and expanding the number of immigrants and refugees allowed in the country.

"This is a community that has a diversity of people coming from all over the world", she said.

Rep. Tim Ryan, Democratic Presidential Candidate said: " We can both secure the border, be compassionate and bring people into the American way of life through a pathway of citizenship and do that in a compassionate way and a way that is economically competitive".

"Families belong together. Every person in America has rights", the California Democrat told a press conference on Capitol Hill, the Efe news reported. Other operations that have targeted people with criminal arrest records have yielded arrests rates of about 30%, aided by access to law enforcement databases. Most of those arrests are made without advance publicity.

Administration officials have said they are targeting about 2,000 people, which would yield about 200 arrests based on previous crackdowns.

A nationwide wave of arrests of immigrants facing deportation will commence this weekend, US President Donald Trump said on Friday, confirming that the plan, meant to discourage a surge of Central American migrants, was on track after a delay. It is unusual for the government to announce deportation operations ahead of time.

But the president, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, said he did not share those concerns, as the deportations were not a secret.

"If the word gets out, it gets out", he said.

The operation will target entire families that have been ordered removed, but some family may be separated if some members are in the country legally.

Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, asked a federal watchdog about its recently issued report saying detention conditions were below standards.

The Miami-based Florida Immigrant Coalition said immigrants were sheltering at home after ICE agents were seen near the city's worldwide airport. The government has limited space in its family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. "ICE's goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible", The Times said.

Meanwhile, activists ramped up efforts to prepare by circulating information about hotlines and planning public demonstrations.

Crackdown on immigrant families facing deportation in U.S