Feds plan to deport 1 million illegal immigrants: Trump official

  • Feds plan to deport 1 million illegal immigrants: Trump official

Feds plan to deport 1 million illegal immigrants: Trump official

"We feel this is unfair-we believe that and I stand by the attorney general's directive, which talks about trust with immigrants", Sayegh said.

President Donald Trump's delay on immigration raids has ended and those living in the country illegally are now left waiting in fear.

The head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said immigration authorities are prepared to carry out deportations of about 1 million people.

Speaking about ICE officers, he said: 'They're ready to just perform their mission which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders.

Cuccinelli, who oversees an agency responsible for administering and vetting benefits for immigrants and refugees, said it is within ICE's discretion to determine who among those with final orders of deportation will be targeted in operations.

Trump installed Cucinelli as DHS' latest immigration head in May, his USCIS division works alongside acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to manage decisions related to asylum, asylum-seekers and those seeking USA citizenship.

Cuccinelli backed up Trump's deportation plan, saying the American people should not be surprised by such removal operations, and the ICE migrant roundups have simply been "held up" by Washington political games. "And it's important to note, here we are talking about ICE doing its job as if it's special. And they're looking forward to just getting back to doing their job".

Trump on Friday hinted deportations would start "fairly soon", but the numbers the administration aimed to deport were never revealed, according to a New York Daily News report.

Top Trump immigration official Ken Cuccinelli said ICE is set to execute a plan to find, detain and ultimately deport at least one million migrants.

"We have to be ready, not just when Trump announces it because there are arrests every day and they have increased", said Elsa Lopez, organizer of the Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a New Mexico immigrant workers and rights group.

Activist groups say that this general and imminent threat to the undocumented is detrimental to the communities and the United States economy, forcing adults to miss work and children to skip school for fear they may be detained and separated. "So the whole pipeline is clogged, and ICE is backing up the Border Patrol in the southwest border".