In a tweet Monday night, Trump announced that next week Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be launching a campaign to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. I don’t know why he would announce that, especially since he blasted the mayor of Oakland for doing the same thing with a smaller operation and thus giving the people targeted time to get away.
Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
The Washington Post says he is referring to an operation they’ve been planning for a long time to arrest and deport thousands, not millions, of immigrants who have already been ordered to be deported by a court but haven’t yet had those orders carried out. Typical Trump exaggeration.
President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities…
Large-scale ICE enforcement operations are typically kept secret to avoid tipping off targets. In 2018, Trump and other senior officials threatened the mayor of Oakland, Calif., with criminal prosecution for alerting city residents that immigration raids were in the works.
Trump and his senior immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, have been prodding Homeland Security officials to arrest and remove thousands of family members whose deportation orders were expedited by the Justice Department this year as part of a plan known as the “rocket docket.”
They’ve spent months just preparing to arrest a few thousand people because it takes a lot of effort to execute such an operation. It would require huge numbers of federal immigration agents to carry it out, probably in the thousands, not to mention the necessity of verifying where they are so they can arrest them. The notion that this could be done with the estimated 10-11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country is ludicrous. And the economy would suffer significantly if they did manage to pull it off. If you deported them in planes back to their home countries, it would take around 40,000 flights. By bus would be much slower. It simply isn’t possible to do.