June 18, 2019
Trump blatantly exposed an upcoming enforcement operation, potentially jeopardizing the kind of sensitive effort that takes months to plan and relies on secrecy. The president’s tweets put new, fresh demands on Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency in charge of removals, which is already overwhelmed, lacking staff, funding and detention space for its current work. And any massive roundup that includes deportation of families would be sure to spark outrage.
Enforcement sweeps require months of planning. Officers work from recent addresses and don’t have search warrants. Immigrants are not required to open their doors, and increasingly they don’t.
Lawmakers from both parties raised concerns about Trump’s plan. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his threat of a “mass deportation dragnet is an act of utter malice and bigotry, designed solely to inject fear in our communities.”