MCALLEN, Texas — In a series of tweets, President Trump stating Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers will remove immigrants immediately ”as they come in” while calling out Democrats to get rid of loopholes in the system. This comes a day before officially kicking off his 2020 re-election campaign rally in Florida.
“It’s not a plan. It’s a tweet and we are not a nation that’s governed by tweets.” Says John-Michael Torres from LUPE.
The president taking to his twitter account on Monday night. He said ICE will begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants next week adding Mexico’s immigration laws are doing a great job stopping people.
Torres says, “Immigrant communities have known the hate of this president since day one of his campaign.”
The local activist saying the immigration community has been preparing for these type of situations since the president’s election. The massive deportation threat would affect millions of mixed-status families. Specifically children with U.S. Citizen family members and immigrants with pending removal orders.
“When we talk about these detentions and deportations it’s not just one individual person that’s impacted, it’s the whole family, it’s the whole community. Our communities are fighting back, our communities are organizing to defend themselves, to defend their families.” Says Torres.
President Trump kicking off his 2020 Presidential campaign on Tuesday night in Florida. A day after announcing the scheduled removal of millions of immigrants next week.
Torres saying this is only a campaign strategy to gain re-election. “Most definitely a campaign rhetoric, a campaign tactic. We know that even a small raid can be devastating for communities.”
ICE officials say the agency will continue conducting interior enforcement without exemption for those who are in violation of federal immigration law. The planned operation will focus on work site enforcement and individuals with pending removal orders.
LUPE will be marching this Sunday protesting to end zero-tolerance and family separations. The march will be starting at noon from Bentsen Tower to Archer Park.