July 06, 2019
On Friday, President Donald Trump said mass deportations of illegal immigrants would begin “fairly soon” after a delay last month.
“They’ll be starting fairly soon, but I don’t call them raids, we’re removing people, all of these people who have come in over the years illegally,” the president told reporters on Friday.
Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they would target migrants who have illegally entered the country in recent months in order to discourage others from doing the same.
A recent surge in migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border has had the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services and their agencies to ask for emergency funding in what lawmakers and the president have called a “humanitarian crisis.” Earlier this month, the president signed a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill that would address issues such as overcrowding to assist these agencies.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement are expected to make “collateral arrests” which would mean arresting undocumented immigrants not directly targeted by officers.
Advocates for migrants rights have called on undocumented immigrants to “be ready.”
On Monday, Democratic congresspeople visited a Border Patrol station in El Paso, Texas and reported the atrocious conditions in which migrants were being held, with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reporting that migrants were “drinking out of toilets” at these holding facilities.
In response, Chief Border Patrol Agent Roy Villareal released a video to “dispel the misinformation” the congresswoman claimed, as he showed that fresh water was available in coolers and faucets in holding cells.
“We’re not forcing aliens to drink out of a toilet,” Villareal said in the video.
– MK. II