(Audio: Trump complains about catch and release)
THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump complained about catch and release of immigrants while signing a $4.6 billion supplemental funding bill. Then he segued into an announcement saying:
(Audio: Trump announces that immigration raids will commence after July 4th.)
These impending raids are planned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take place in 10 cities aimed at rounding up over 2,000 immigrants. The original raids were planned to happen in June and had been called off after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged Trump to halt the operations. The administration was also concerned that leaks of the impending raids jeopardized their surprise factor.
On June 22nd, Trump tweeted:
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
The raids are the latest actions in Trump’s hardline immigration policy domestically and with Mexico. His acting secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, states that, “These initiatives are making an impact.” He claims they will cause a 25% decline in crossings even as migration is due to decline due to the baking Sonoran Desert heat many migrants would have to withstand if they crossed to the United States in summer.
Doug Christian, The White House