Raids on undocumented immigrant families in 10 cities that were originally scheduled for last month are now reportedly happening this weekend.
Two current and one former homeland security officials tell the New York Times that the raids will now be happening Sunday, and may include "collateral" detentions of immigrants found in households that are being targeted. In addition to raiding homes in San Francisco, the raids are set to occur in thousands of homes in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and New York.
The postponement last month occurred amid rising political pressure from Congress and following a 12-minute phone call with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump had promised at the time that the raids would still occur unless "the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border." [random capitalization his]
As NBC News confirms, the thousands of immigrants being targeted in these raids are individuals and families who previously received self-deportation orders but who remain in the country.
There is also the potential repeated PR nightmare of separating families, given the likelihood that many of the families targeted include children who were born in the US and are therefore citizens.
Per the Times and the agents they spoke with:
When possible, family members who are arrested together will be held in family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. But because of space limitations, some might end up staying in hotel rooms until their travel documents can be prepared. ICE’s goal is to deport the families as quickly as possible.
The threat of the raids in late June led to significant economic side effects in the Bay Area, as worried immigrants failed to show up for work or otherwise went into hiding. A staff supervisor at a farm that hires migrant workers in Salinas reported as much last week.
The details of the raids are "in flux" according to NBC, and the Times suggests that all the families being targeted crossed the border "recently." Their immigration proceedings were accelerated under orders from the Trump administration.
Update: The ACLU has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to stop the raids, saying that all the refugees being targeted deserve to have their cases heard before an immigration judge.