NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York officials are reacting amid reports that immigration authorities plan to deport sweeps of undocumented immigrants in New York and other cities across the nation starting Sunday.
President Trump tweeted about the raids again on Saturday, writing that those targeted have already been ordered deported and that they have eluded the law and courts.
“When people come into our Country illegally, they will be DEPORTED,” Trump tweeted.
Officials have confirmed that ICE is set to launch raids in 10 U.S. cities Sunday – an operation that will be targeting about 2,000 people. Other cities on the “family op” list include San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.
Immigration officials say more than 100,000 undocumented migrants were apprehended or turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border in April alone.
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are condemning the plans and promising to help targeted families any way they can.
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is reminding people that they have rights and protections, and is urging them to call the Action NYC hotline for free legal help.
“A word to @realDonaldTrump: New Yorkers won’t be divided by a sick plot to tear families apart and force immigrants into the shadows,” de Blasio tweeted Friday night. “We KNOW our city is stronger, safer and more prosperous than ever BECAUSE of our immigrant communities.”
Cuomo also tweeted about the “impending blitz of ICE raids.”
“The Trump Administration's impending blitz of ICE raids across the country, including New York, is shameful, and we will fight back to protect our immigrant families,” Cuomo wrote.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said lawmakers should be focusing on getting the Senate to pass the American Dream and Promise Act and also “how to make our immigration system more humane, not dangerous and cruel.”
“This targeting of migrant families is meant to induce fear and does nothing to actually address our broken immigration system,” Maloney said in a statement.
New York Attorney General Letitia James called the planned raids an “act of racism” and vowed to fight back.
“This is an immoral and unconscionable act by a president and an Administration hell-bent on dividing our country, and, as New York’s top law enforcement officer, I can assure New Yorkers we will do everything in our power to fight back against these inhumane policies,” she said.