Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pressing forward to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday, according to a senior immigration official, after President Donald Trump's tweet revealing an operation was imminent.

"If you're here illegally, then you should be removed," acting head of ICE Mark Morgan told reporters Wednesday during a call prompted by the President's tweet. "And in this case, that includes families."

A senior administration official said the operation had been planned for some time, but said the tweet had put the operation at the forefront.



"Certainly, the President's tweet helped prioritize things for people," the official said, adding that there had been internal debate about timing amid negotiations with Congress on additional funding and the upcoming 2020 budget.

The official added that "there has been an effort to communicate what is likely to happen, without saying specifically when and where," contrary to the "zero tolerance" policy which was done without much advance notice to the media or Capitol Hill.

Field agents at local field offices are receiving briefings and training, according to a senior immigration official. There are also preparations being put in place for mixed-immigration status families: for example, if a parent is undocumented, but has a US citizen child.

"Due to law-enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to ongoing enforcement operations before the conclusion of those actions," ICE said in a statement Friday.

Officials have previously raised concerns about the operation being perceived as separating families again, though Morgan said Wednesday, "Our goal is not to separate families."

 The intent, Morgan said, is to deter migrants from coming to the US-Mexico border, and the operation is expected to include families who are on an expedited court docket.

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    Grim · 28 days ago
    Uh oh, big 'effing surprise.....Trump choked. He's saying he's cancelling the whole thing for two weeks at the request of the Democrats, so he can work out a compromise with those Satanic traitors. It's now incredibly apparent that this sh!t head is totally compromised and I have a feeling that despite what the MSM says, he's actually the preferred candidate for the deep state in 2020. It's not like a Democrat can get away with openly lying to entire stadiums full of people like Trump can, while they all worship him and clap like trained seals. "Build that wall, deport those illegals, arrest Hillary, drain the swamp, we're getting out of Syria, a chicken in every pot", etc., etc., etc..... Anyone else getting tired of the bold faced lies yet?
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    Matthew Worner · 28 days ago
    This policy of birthright citizenship for the children of illegals is a pile of horse dung. Citizenship is a function of parentage not of where your mother managed to sneak in to birth you. Look at the eight years of illegitimacy in the White House we damn near lost a country to because of the argument over where the pretender was born as opposed to who his parents were. Ted Kennedy (the hero of Chappaquidick Bridge) was the leftist traitor who pushed that treasonous policy through with the aid of the feckless traitors on the Hill and left the question open for the same to cowardly allow a non-natural born to f**k over the country for most of a decade because they were afraid of blacklash if they stuck to the truth.
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    Margaret Schmidt · 28 days ago
    Why are they notifying them ahead of time? Won't they all just leave town before Sunday?
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    Grim · 29 days ago
    For what it's worth, various news outlets are reporting that ICE is targeting about 2,000 families for deportation. Assuming that every one of these families has an average of 4 members and all of them will be apprehended, only about 8,000 total illegals are scheduled to be deported. These days, with our non-existent border, I'd bet that number reflects about two days worth of new illegal invaders coming into the country. Basically, it's like the Titanic is sinking, but we're gonna bail it out with a teaspoon.
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      Reginald Fischer · 28 days ago
      It’s about the optics, not about the effect.
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        Matthew Worner · 28 days ago
        An A-10 working over the border would give out a good optic... Effective one too.
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    StandingWave · 29 days ago
    Some questions...

    Question 1: When this new arrest operation has been completed, how many arrests of illegal aliens already in the country will have been made year-to-date?

    Question 2: How many of the illegal aliens that were apprehended upon entering the country have been released no-strings-attached into the country year-to-date?

    Question 3: If the administration is so intent upon removing illegal aliens, why did they release those already caught in the act and apprehended? (You know, "A bird in the hand ...")

    Question 4: Is the administration's immigration policy really just:
    A. A DHS job security program?
    B. Political maneuvering?
    C. A farce?
    D. Rhetoric aside, exactly what they really want?
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      Reginald Fischer · 29 days ago
      Divide and conquer. This round up is intended to be scary and overreaching. They want to stir up the country and turn us against each along the lines of Left vs Right and white vs minority.
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    HJ Richards · 29 days ago
    Well I won't hold my breath, long long overdue get em all Trump