Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Nancy Pelosi says she told Trump: 'You're scaring the children'

Nancy Pelosi says she told Trump: 'You're scaring the children'

Ms Pelosi called Mr Trump last night, according to a person familiar with the situation and not authorised to discuss it publicly. "The President's action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime", Pelosi said.

Immigration activists say the president is using the operation for political purposes and warn it is causing fear in the immigrant community, leading migrants to miss work and school.

Despite Mr Trump's tough rhetoric, the number of people illegally crossing from Mexico into the U.S. has ridden dramatically under Mr Trump's presidency. Time is main for entire immigration reform.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's delaying for two weeks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were planned to take place Sunday in 10 major US cities, saying deportations will proceed unless Congress finds a solution on the US-Mexico border.

But he warned that if the two sides can not reach a deal - which he must bless before signing into law - "deportations start!" He criticized congressional Democrats for failing to hold a vote to eliminate "loopholes" and taking steps to "fix" the American asylum policies.

Acting ICE chief Mark Morgan told reporters Wednesday that the goal was "not to separate families", but to deter migrants from illegally crossing the southern border. "We have bills filed but they're not wanting to move anything forward".

On Saturday, House Democratic aides told CNN that they did not believe Trump would keep his word to cancel the raids if a deal was reached.

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"But, all the Democrats are doing is stalling and doing nothing on this issue right now while hundreds of thousands of people every month are coming illegally into our country".

Trump's climbdown followed threats from Democrats in Congress to withhold $4.5bn in funding for law enforcement and humanitarian aid at the US-Mexican border, where there has been a surge in migrant arrivals.

Trump administration officials said the 1 million migrants who had been issued final deportation orders but were still living in the US would be targeted first in the operation. After violating our laws, they further disrespect our country by refusing to show up for their hearings in court - so they are not even present when a judge orders them to be removed. ICE officers don't have a search warrant and are working from files with addresses and must go to people's home and ask to be let inside.

Trump wrote on Twitter earlier on Saturday that ICE will apprehend people who have run from the law.

The mayors of Los Angeles and Chicago said city police would not participate in the raids. They often produce hundreds of arrests.

It's also slightly unusual to target families - as opposed to immigrants with criminal histories - but not unprecedented. Horrific accounts on the conditions in which immigrants, and children in particular, are appearing in U.S. liberal media on the daily basis prompting more anger against the administration even though the same facilities were operational under Barack Obama. Later leaks in the media included sensitive law enforcement details, like the day it was to begin, Sunday, plus specific cities and other operational details.

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