Undocumented immigrants in Miami and across the US are on high alert today after the announcement that ICE officials are aiming to raid two-thousand people across the country. According to NBC News, as of Sunday afternoon, there was little evidence of massive immigration enforcement operations, as immigrant communities prepared for their arrival. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday afternoon that there was "literally no activity yet today" on the expected raids.
However, protests are taking place around the country including one in Denver where an anti-ICE protest turned into an anti-US display when demonstrators took down the American Flag and replaced it with a Mexican flag. They then vandalized a “Blue Lives Matter” banner with a spray-painted message “Abolish ICE". Throughout the weekend, in Homestead, over 300 protestors visited the largest detention facility citing inhumane conditions.
According to NBC News, the Trump administration altered its plans from a large-scale sweep to a smaller set of arrests over the coming week after news reports informed immigrant communities about the raids. The raids were originally planned for last month however, President Trump postponed them shortly before they were set to begin to give Congress time to agree on a legislation for immigration reform.
ICE will reportedly be targeting immigrants with final deportation orders in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
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