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Wave of immigrant arrests to start this weekend

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Published on July 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

Wave of immigrant arrests to start this weekend

A nationwide wave of arrests of immigrants facing deportation will commence this weekend, President Trump said on Friday, confirming that the plan, intended to discourage a surge of Central American migrants, was on track after a delay.

Nathan Frandino has more.

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Wave of immigrant arrests to start this weekend

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "They came in illegally.

They have to go out." U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said U.S. authorities will move ahead with the long-promised arrest of at least 2,000 immigrant families in sweeping nationwide raids starting on Sunday.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "And they're going to take people out and bring them back to their countries." Final details were still in flux but the mass deportation plan has stirred outrage among Democrats and immigrant advocates, who say it is sowing fear and would rip apart families.

In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said, quote, "all of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and - if found removable by final order - removal from the United States." Trump had warned about the operation since last month, but reports said it was delayed due to disagreements within his administration.

Activists have staged protests around the country ahead of the raids, with some mayors vowing not to cooperate with the roundups.

In Los Angeles, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights has been preparing for weeks.

Coalition spokesperson Tessie Borden.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TESSIE BORDEN, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT CHIRLA, SAYING: "I think part of the intent is to sow chaos in our community, part of the intent is to try to confuse people, to scare them, to put them on edge." The raids come amid rising anger about the administration's treatment and detention of immigrant families on the U.S.-Mexico border.

With the November 2020 elections coming into focus, there is sparse hope on Capitol Hill that any plan to solve the issue will gather the momentum to make it through Congress.

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