About 2000 undocumented immigrants are being targeted for arrest and deportation during the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that will be conducted on Sunday.
The earlier postponed raids to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrants will take place across at least 10 cities in the US, officials have said.
The planned raid, first reported by NewYork Times is following an unusual pattern as such raids are not usually announced ahead of time.
According to Ken Cuccinelli, the Acting Director, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are about 1 million undocumented immigrants in the country with removal orders.
“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.”
The raid will target at least 2,000 immigrants in at least 10 major cities across the country and also ‘collateral’ immigrants who may be at the scene at the time of the raid.
‘Collateral’ immigrants are those who may not be the original target of the ICE operation but who are at present and found to be undocumented at the time of the raid.
Human rights groups have expressed worry that the raid may lead to separation of families by arresting parents of U.S citizen children.