Trump Temporarily Calls Off Mass ICE Raids Set To Target 2,000 Families

on April 28, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.
PHOENIX - APRIL 28: Undocumented Mexican immigrants are photographed while being in-processed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), center on April 28, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Across Arizona, city poli... PHOENIX - APRIL 28: Undocumented Mexican immigrants are photographed while being in-processed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), center on April 28, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Across Arizona, city police and county sheriffs' departments turn over detained immigrants to ICE, which deports them to their home countries. Last year ICE deported some 81,000 illegal immigrants from the state of Arizona alone, and with the passage of the state's new tough immigration enforcement law, the number of deportations could rise significantly. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 22, 2019 4:57 p.m.
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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would delay his order of mass deportations for two weeks.

“At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” Trump tweeted. “If not, Deportations start!”

According to Politico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Trump late Friday night urging him not to go through with the raids.

After Trump announced the delay, Pelosi responded with relief.

“Mr. President, delay is welcome,” she tweeted. “Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together.”

After Trump threatened to deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post reported on Friday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials planned on target up to 2,000 families in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and seven other major cities with large immigrant populations.

The operation was scheduled to begin on Sunday morning.

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