US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin raids Sunday in an effort to arrest and deport "thousands" of undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reported, citing conversations with one former and two current homeland security officials.

(CNN) -- US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin raids across the country Sunday to arrest thousands of family members who already have court orders to be removed, according to a US official.

The effort comes weeks after President Donald Trump had tweeted ICE's plans to conduct the raids, then delayed the operation after additional details became public.

[RELATED: Top immigration official says ICE raids 'absolutely' going to happen]

The New York Times first reported on the raids, saying they are expected to take place in at least 10 cities, will occur "over multiple days" and will include "collateral" deportations in which "authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids."

Matthew Bourke, an ICE spokesman, said ICE will not comment on operational details and "ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security."

On Wednesday, acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli said the ICE raids are "absolutely going to happen" following a delay from the President to see if Congress could work out a legislative solution on immigration.

"They're absolutely going to happen. There's approximately a million people in this country with removal orders. And of course that isn't what ICE will go after in this, but that's the pool of people who have been all the way through the due process chain," he told reporters at the White House.

ICE had planned to arrest and deport families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities in late June, according to a senior immigration official. The day before the raids were set to begin, Trump delayed them for two weeks, saying he would wait "to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border."

A week later at the G20 summit, Trump said his administration still planed to launch a series of ICE raids sometime after the end of that two week period, which would be after the July Fourth holiday.


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Get rid of them, keep of the raids and deportations until they're all out of our country.


Thanks for letting me know ahead of's the least you could do


"they are expected to take place in at least 10 cities, will occur "over multiple days" and will include "collateral" deportations in which "authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids."" Which is as it should be. "ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security." um.... ALLLLLLLL illegals can pose a threat to national security, etc. 12 -20 million at once might be problematic but stamping a "can never return" on them will help. Allow those who self deport to apply in 5-10 years via the RIGHT way to come in.


Head em up, move em out!


About time. If I were to break a law I would be arrested and jailed, but not those here illegally, for some reason they are protected by the socialist left.


Why make it public when the raids will start. This gives the illegals advance warning. Just do it already.


Can someone tell me why this raid is being announced? Wouldn't it be better if it wasn't broadcast to all the illegals that may be involved?


self deportation is more effective than physical deportation.


Excellent.....follow the laws of our country, or be forced out. You did not come through the front door and ask to be here, so why should you be expected to stay?


[thumbdown] Shame


Stupid 💩

TRUMP supporter

Deport all illegals. Hurry and build the wall.


Trumps "Zero Tolerance" immigration policies are designed to make independent contractors rich, Trumps friends, at the expense of the American taxpayer and the American Dream. Undocumented peoples are dehumanized on 24/7 Conservative Tabloid News Networks where Republican's easily-manipulable fears are then used defend these immoral acts against people who happen to be darker than you.. Don't be afraid of refugee families, don't let your fears and pent up anger over "Big Gooberment taking away our rights!" to justify terrorizing and taking the rights away of Arizona Families. Cowards. You're not big, you're not a patriot. You're all small minded monkeys, would up to make noise exactly when your masters want you too.


ok, thank you for that barely coherent rant that does not address the issue at hand.

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unfortunately his or her tactic and the same one used by our educators, entertainers and news industry by turning everything into some sort of racist issue has been very effective with millennials to push their political agenda. hopefully they will wise up to this scam and common sense will prevail.


Hey azrider, I'm guessing accurate statements and historical relevancy are these "tactics" you speak of? The reason why millennial's feel this extreme rhetoric over central and south Americans coming from Trump is racist, is because very similar arguments have already been made by plenty of Grade A racists in the past; xenophobia over Jews and Jewish businesses, Blacks, the Irish.. you read about the vast history of racism in America in history books! Trump imposing his proverbial "Muslim ban!", his indifference to the murder in Charlottesville, the caging and negligence of refugee children and traumatization of entire families is how Trump will be remembered. His White Nationalism is by far the most significant thing about his presidency so far.


renew your card. you need a smoke dude.


‘Not a patriot’? WHERE DID YOU SERVE, BOY?


By the way, they’ll be visiting you Sunday, pendejo!


YourAnIg - "people who happen to be darker than you."? You're are so ignorant. It's hard to tell if you actually believe this is about the color of a person's skin or if it's just your go to argument when you have nothing else. Keep missing the mark while we keep winning. "...happen to be darker than you.", what an idiot.


YourAn is a total coward. Reporting comments that she doesn't like. Weak and cowardly.


who did i report now? you sure about this one?


Gonna be a good month. It's great when the law is enforced in spite of rampant identity politics gone awry. This also shows legal immigrants that we appreciate their efforts in becoming part of the country as opposed to an overtly entitled appendage.


Excellent! Keep up the good work. Thank you, ICE.

JF Conlon

Still think they should maybe use a different photo. (Nope, he doesn't look like he came from the spaces between the stars, nor does he have any angles... that somehow are just . . . wrong)

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