US cops have REFUSED to help Donald Trump deport illegal immigrants in a huge operation to round up 2,000 migrant families reportedly planned for Sunday.
Police forces in major US cities will refuse to cooperate with federal agents as they apparently plan a sweeping effort to deport recently arrived families who are in the States illegally.
Donald Trump at the US-Mexico border. He has reportedly ordered immigration agents to round-up up to 2,000 illegal migrant families on Sunday[/caption]
ICE agents arresting a suspected illegal immigrant. Police have vowed not to help ICE in the alleged operation on Sunday[/caption]
Immigration agents have been directed by President Trump to conduct their pre-dawn raids on Sunday, according to the Washington Post.
The operation – dubbed the “family op” – is expected to target migrants facing deportation orders in as many as 10 US cities.
Among the cities being targeted are Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, the Post said.
But local officials and police forces in some of the target cities have blasted the alleged operation – and pledged not to take part.
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Chicago’s Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot – the first black female and openly gay leader of the city – said her police department would not help in the migrant sweep.
In a statement on Friday, Lightfoot said Chicago “will always be a welcoming city and a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities.”
She even directed the Chicago Police Department to terminate ICE access to its databases.
Police in Los Angeles have also said they would not be assisting in the operation.
The Department is not participating or assisting in any of these enforcement actions
Los Angeles Police Department
In a statement, the LAPD said: “The Department is not participating or assisting in any of these enforcement actions.
“The Department has reached out to various community stakeholders regarding the reported ICE enforcement actions, reiterating that members of this Department will not be participating.
“We are committed to protecting the public through meaningful relationship building and community partnerships.”
It’s unclear if New York City is among the target areas – but the state’s Attorney General Letitia James slammed the deportation raids.
She branded President Trump’s order as a “despicable act of racism and xenophobia”.
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A spokesman for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) declined to comment.
They said: “Due to law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to enforcement operations before the conclusion of those actions.”
Trump has ramped up his rhetoric on illegal immigration in recent weeks as he launches his 2020 re-election bid.
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The number of migrants apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border surged in May to the highest level since 2006.
Many of those stopped at the border were families fleeing violence and poverty in Central America.
Mark Morgan, the acting director of ICE, said this week that deportations were necessary to discourage more Central Americans from arriving.
Migrants trying to cross the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico[/caption]
US Customs and Border Protection agents at the US-Mexico border[/caption]
Border police trying to prevent groups of people from crossing El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana[/caption]
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