President Trump put off for 2 weeks the start of a planned nationwide roundup of undocumented immigrants, tempering his vow made early Saturday to have them “removed from the country” starting this week.
President Trump said he was acting “at the request of Democrats.”
The delay will give time “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,” President Trump Tweeted Saturday. “If not, Deportations start!”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke by telephone with President Trump Friday night, asking him to call off the raids. An hour after President Trump disclosed his decision, she Tweeted her response.
“Mr. President, delay is welcome,” Speaker Pelosi said. “Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together.”
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were poised to start rounding up about 2,000 people in 10 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore, according to media reports. Trump said the raids were to start this week.
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