Trump: ICE May Start Deporting Illegal Immigrants on 4th of July
President says postponed immigration raids could start up on Independence day
President Donald Trump has revealed that his postponed plans for ICE raids and deportations of Illegal immigrants may start up on the 4th of July.
Trump says the raids in 10 major cities by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin on Independence Day unless Democrats come up with “something pretty miraculous” in Congress on immigration reform.
On Saturday, President Trump vowed to “immediately” appeal an Obama-appointed judge’s ruling to block funding for his border wall.
After securing a big win with a $4.6 billion bill passing to address the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump's administration was dealt a blow Friday when the California judge blocked Trump from accessing $2.5 billion in military funding to build high-priority segments of the border wall in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. in Oakland made the ruling during two lawsuits filed by California and by activists who contended the money transfer was unlawful and construction would pose environmental threats.
"We're immediately appealing it and we think we'll win the appeal," Trump said at his press conference, calling the decision a disgrace.
"There was no reason that that should have happened.”
The president has now said that the postponed ICE raids could now begin in just a few days time.
Trump said during a news conference on Saturday at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan that he was not optimistic about anything happening before July 4th.
Trump on June 22 postponed the raids for two weeks at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.
“Unless we do something pretty miraculous, but the Democrats, it seems to me, they want to have open borders,” Trump said.
“And for the life of me, I cannot figure that out. It’s one thing because I want people to come to our country.
"We need them because we have all these companies coming in.
“… The only problem is that they have to come in through a process.
"They have to come in legally. It’s also very unfair.
"You have millions of people online for years trying to get into a country. …
"But, yeah, we will be removing large numbers of people. People have to understand,” the president continued.
Before they were postponed, the raids appeared to target Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco, based on cases filed in 10 immigration court locations.
The House passed a $4.6 billion emergency border funding bill Thursday that had previously passed the Senate.
Pelosi said she “reluctantly” moved the Senate bill forward after threatening to alter the legislation.
The bill is now waiting for Trump’s signature.