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President Trump delays immigration Nazis who were due to start over at the weekend, saying he will give Congress two weeks to make changes to the asylum legislation before dispatching immigration and customs management authorities around the country to disarm unconscious immigrants.
Immigration Rights defenders had prepared for the planned sweep of newly arrived immigrants who, according to sources familiar with the planned assault, were due to start as soon as Sunday in 10 cities around the country.
A source familiar with the President's decision told NPR that Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif's Speaker, called Trump on Friday night and urged him to come back from the raid. Pelosi had been highly critical of the planned raids. She called them heartless and said that the president needed "to stop this brutal act that will tear apart families and inject terror into our society."
On Saturday, the president announced on Twitter that ICE would hold roundup for two weeks "at the request of Democrats", writes that if lawmakers in Washington cannot approve changes to the asylum legislation at that time, he will again correct ICE agents to resume the raids.
Sources close to the White House say Democrats are unlikely to accept Trump's pitch that asylum rules should be tightened.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the illegal immigration process (deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can come together and make a solution to the asylum and borehole problems at the southern border. If not, start deportations!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Both sides are working to pass a border assistance package to help deal with the influx of migrants arriving illegally on the border and a democratic Capitol Hill assistant noted that the assaults could have threatened the deal if they were not paused.
The $ 4.5 billion border and humanitarian supplementary aid package has moved along with two-party support. Much of the money supports humanitarian aid and immigration enforcement.
But by asking Congress to tackle asylum and "loopholes", Trump is ante. There is no funding for changes to the asylum law, so Trump's request faces significant obstacles.
Pelosi on Saturday welcomed the President's announcement of delaying the planned raids. She called for a comprehensive immigration package that includes a road to citizenship for the approximately 11 million people who are illegal in the country.
Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reforms. Families belong together. https://t.co/R9PDrfaKWj
– Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 22, 2019
ICE sent letters in February to more than 2,000 immigrants whose cases the Justice Department was tracked as a way to send a deterrent message to families who are considering crossing the US border illegally.
"If Congress does not change the laws to ensure that illegal aliens can be quickly removed at the southern border, there is no alternative but to arrest these fleeting foreigners in the interior," an ICE spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday. .
In an interview with NPR, acting ICE director Mark Morgan said many immigrant families are ignoring requests to become.
"So what are our options?" Morgan said. "They have had due process, they have access to lawyers, they have been given access to interpreters. Most of them do not even experience. And so when they did not come up, they were ordered removal in absentia," he said. "We have no choice."
Immigration activists have condemned the raids and urged the Trump administration to call them off.
NPR's Tim Mak contributed to this report.