In immigration news, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday it would start a mass roundup of 2,000 undocumented family members starting Sunday under the name “family op,” targeting 10 cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans. On Saturday, amid national outcry, President Trump backtracked on that plan, saying he would delay the deportations by two weeks and put the onus on Democrats to make changes to immigration policy if they wanted to avoid the plan from going ahead. But some media reports claim that the delay was prompted by a leak by acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan or his staff, which could have compromised the plan.
Democratic lawmakers accused the Trump administration of using the threat of mass deportations as a bargaining chip to push its immigration agenda. Texas Congressmember Joaquin Castro said, “The threat to knock and drag people away from their families and out of their communities shouldn’t be a negotiation tactic for an American president.”
A number of cities said they would not cooperate with ICE if they started to carry out mass removals. The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted that it would not participate in any immigration enforcement activities, and the newly elected Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot announced she withdrew ICE’s access to the city’s police immigration databases.
In other immigration news, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday he would deploy 1,000 additional National Guard troops to aid the federal government in what he calls the “crisis at the border.”