Trump says immigration raids will happen after July 4

Trump says immigration raids will happen after July 4
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE said Monday that delayed immigration raids will begin after the July 4 holiday.

The president made the announcement in the Oval Office while signing legislation providing $4.6 billion in funding to address the influx of migrants from Central America at the southern border. 

“After July 4, a lot of people are going to be brought back out,” Trump told reporters.

Trump said late last month he was temporarily delaying the sweeping raids and told Congress it had two weeks to pass new restrictions on asylum laws, a policy opposed by Democrats who control the House.

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The raids planned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement were called off after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) called Trump and urged him to scuttle the operations. There were also concerns inside the administration that leaks about the raids could have jeopardized them.

Trump telegraphed that the raids are likely to take place after his two-week deadline passes, telling reporters Saturday at a news conference in Osaka, Japan, they would take place “sometime” after July 4 “unless we do something pretty miraculous.”

The two-week time period was mostly consumed by July 4 recess, when members of Congress are not in Washington. House Democrats had cited the recess as a reason to further delay the raids.

The ICE operation was set to take place in 10 major cities and target up to 2,000 immigrant family members living illegally in the U.S. for deportation, according to multiple media reports.

Trump’s raids are the latest hard-line measure taken by the administration in an effort to deter migrants from making the journey from Central America to the U.S.

The president and the Department of Homeland Security have said the recently struck migration deal has already resulted in the number of migrants traveling to the U.S. by 25 percent.

But critics say the measures have done little to deter migrants and that the fall in border apprehension is mostly due to the rising heat in the summer months, when they are historically less likely to cross into the U.S.