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Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats

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By Joel Schectman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids for two weeks as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues.

The president was under pressure from Democrats to call off the roundup, which was expected to target families in up to 10 U.S. cities on Sunday.

U.S. House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, asked Trump by phone on Friday night to call off the raids, according to a person familiar with the matter. Pelosi also urged religious leaders on Saturday to put pressure on Trump.

The president, a Republican, has made illegal immigration a centerpiece of his administration and is highlighting the issue in his campaign for the 2020 election.

He has railed against an increase in people crossing the U.S. southern border, many from Central America who are seeking refuge in America under U.S. asylum laws. On Saturday he said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was focused on getting the transnational street gang MS-13 out of the United States.

Trump said in a Twitter message he was delaying the raids at the request of Democrats to see if a compromise could be reached. If a solution isn't found to "Asylum and Loophole problems," he said, "Deportations start!"

Many asylum seekers from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador cite gang violence driven largely by groups like MS-13 as the reason they come to the United States for refuge.

Neither Pelosi nor Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, had immediate comment on the delay. Pelosi said earlier in the day the expected raids would "inject terror into our communities" and tear families apart. "The President's action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime," Pelosi said.

Mark Morgan, acting director of ICE (NYSE:ICE), said this week his agency would target for deportation families that have received a removal order from a U.S. immigration court.

An operation was slated to launch on Sunday and expected to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities, including Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Trump wrote on Twitter earlier on Saturday that ICE will apprehend people who have run from the law. "These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country," Trump wrote.

Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats
 

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bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 3:31PM ET
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Nancy calls Satan
Mohammad Abdullah
Mohammad Abdullah Jun 22, 2019 3:00PM ET
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let ice do there job
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 3:00PM ET
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first I want know what ICE doing 20 years, and I hope they back their bonuses
Mohammad Abdullah
Mohammad Abdullah Jun 22, 2019 2:36PM ET
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why stop
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 2:36PM ET
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reducing the number of illegal immigrants will reduce the ice budget
Pwr Strk
Pwr Strk Jun 22, 2019 2:31PM ET
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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/449665-trump-deporting-immigrants-at-slower-pace-than-obama-report
Pwr Strk
Pwr Strk Jun 22, 2019 2:31PM ET
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check the facts... all these news are all political media rhetoric (not to say bs)
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 2:31PM ET
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Pwr Strk  100 thousand or 500 thousand compared to 12 or 20 million migrants is a drop in the ocean. from the above data, Obama has spoiled everything for two years; in two years Trump did not correct anything
Dietmar Stahl
Dietmar Stahl Jun 22, 2019 2:22PM ET
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If they check all unmatching social security numbers and associated addresses they immediately got what they want.But tomorrow could be a different day in America.You all better be prepared. The 93 riots in LA. could be nothing of what about to come.
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 2:22PM ET
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for effective work arrest the official persons responsible for the critical situation with the invasion
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jun 22, 2019 1:16PM ET
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In the end it will be odinairy people being deported. M13 mombers can only be deported if 1 arrested for M13 Linked criminal activities and 2 picked up from prison. Every other way is called targetting elegal imigrants. Just call it what it is please.
Robert Sharp
Robert Sharp Jun 22, 2019 1:16PM ET
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The MS-13 members here illegally will be focused on primarily but yes if they are here legally they would have to break the law to be deported if not a citizen. Just clarifying.
Andrew Katz
Andrew Katz Jun 22, 2019 1:16PM ET
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It's called "you're a horrible speller."
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 1:16PM ET
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I expect they will be deported after serving their sentence
Peter Fritz
Peter Fritz Jun 22, 2019 1:12PM ET
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this will captivate a news cycle or two...or a movie or two...
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 1:09PM ET
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focused on democratic gang
Howie Zoukl
Howie Zoukl Jun 22, 2019 12:28PM ET
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not a good idea to announce the raids, now the ms-13 will have time to load up on weapons and fight back...
Robert Sharp
Robert Sharp Jun 22, 2019 12:28PM ET
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The feds have to inform these cities of their plans for these raids. Last time they tried similar raids some of the mayors warned their illegal population it was coming (The mayor of Oakland for example) so not sure it makes any difference since they can't keep the raids a secret either way.
bomz bomzov
bomz bomzov Jun 22, 2019 12:28PM ET
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Robert Sharp  mayors take care of their voters
Howie Zoukl
Howie Zoukl Jun 22, 2019 12:28PM ET
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I am afraid of an all out street war with these ruthless gangsters... I do not want any ice agents hurt doing their jobs.
Hank Williams
Hank Williams Jun 22, 2019 11:22AM ET
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Need to use technology to get the ones already planted all over the country.
 
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