'We Will Fight': New York Officials React To Expected ICE Raids
Immigration agents are expected to fan out across 10 cities, including New York, as early as Sunday with sweeping raids targeting people who are in the country illegally.
The anticipated raids have sparked a fierce backlash from many New York officials, including Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, who have promised to fight back.
President Trump announced the raids earlier this week in a tweet. The expected raids – referred to as “family op” by ICE – will take place in 10 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. Some 2,000 people will be targeted for deportation.
Immigration officials say more than 100,000 undocumented migrants were apprehended or turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border in April alone. And the head of ICE says the raids aren’t about fear but the rule of law.
President Trump tweeted about the raids again on Saturday, writing those targeted by ICE have been evading the law and were already told to leave the country. “When people come into our Country illegally, they will be DEPORTED,” Trump tweeted.
But Immigration advocates say the paperwork is flawed and that many not subject to deportation could be caught up in the raids. The head of Homeland Security has even advised against such a large ring, arguing only those who have completely stopped trying to become legal should be targeted.
Mayor de Blasio reached out to the undocumented on Twitter Friday night, writing that, “We know our neighbors are worried. Please know your city is here for you.”
“New Yorkers won’t be divided by a sick plot to tear families apart and force immigrants into the shadows,” de Blasio tweeted. “We KNOW our city is stronger, safer and more prosperous than ever BECAUSE of our immigrant communities.”
Cuomo also tweeted about the plan, calling it “shameful.”
“The Trump Administration's impending blitz of ICE raids across the country, including New York, is shameful, and we will fight back to protect our immigrant families,” Cuomo wrote.
New York Attorney General Letitia James called the planned raids an “act of racism” and also vowed to fight back.
“This is an immoral and unconscionable act by a president and an Administration hell-bent on dividing our country, and, as New York’s top law enforcement officer, I can assure New Yorkers we will do everything in our power to fight back against these inhumane policies,” she said.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said lawmakers should be focusing on getting the Senate to pass the American Dream and Promise Act.
“The anti-migrant cruelty of the Trump Admin knows no bounds,” she wrote on Twitter. “We should be working to make our immigration system more humane, not dangerous & cruel.”