Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to resume plans to arrest thousands of illegal immigrants across the U.S. This comes as a surprise as when the raids were first announced, the blowback caused the administration to cancel the raids.
The purpose behind announcing the raids is to get Democrats to bargain according to Thomas Kilbride, an ICE policy adviser.
ICE is expected to target 2,000 immigrants who are already on a list to be deported, according to Kilbride if other illegals or those with a criminal history are there during the raid, they will be “collateral fallout.” There are approximately a million people with deportation orders in the United States.
Steven Bucci from the Heritage Foundation, an expert on homeland security believes that the Trump administration is giving the public a heads up as a gesture to Democrats.
“The main point here is that the Trump administration is trying to circumvent some of the blowback from the other side of the aisle. It sends the message that these people have been notified to self-deport, and if they fail to do that, this might happen..It is saying that we aren’t monsters, what we are doing is in accordance with the law and in a reasonable fashion…Past administrations didn’t announce raids because they didn’t have to, they just did them,” he said.
Immigration expert at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies explained that it is very uncommon for raids to be announced beforehand as it may ruin the operation. “I also think there is some disagreement within the administration officials about these raids,” Kroc said.