Trump delays ICE raids so Pelosi, Dems can work on immigration fixes

June 23, 2019

After a Friday night phone call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would delay ICE raids planned for Sunday.

The speaker asked for time so that Congress can address immigration fixes.

Giving Pelosi another shot

Trump agreed to delay the raids for two weeks after he and Pelosi spoke for 12 minutes on the phone, according to an anonymous source. Both Fox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram and White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere later confirmed the conversation.

The president announced the delay in a tweet on Saturday, writing: “At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks 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. If not, Deportations start!”

Green light for ICE

Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan said on Fox News on Saturday that the delay will “give Congress another chance on a bipartisan method to actually get together, pass this supplement, so that we can enforce the rule of law, positively impact this crisis and maintain the integrity of this system.”

Morgan noted that 140,000 immigrants were detained or encountered at the border in May. “It’s outrageous. Congress should get together and fix this,” he said.

But Morgan was skeptical that Congress will be able to agree on a way to stop the influx of migrants through the southern border.

He went on to confirm that court-ordered deportations will not stop, even as ramped-up ICE raids are delayed. “I’ve got the green light to anyone that’s here in violation of federal immigration law, I have the authority and the support to go after them, apply consequences, and remove them,” Morgan said.

Can Congress agree?

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved this week Trump’s request for $4.6 billion in humanitarian funding for the border, which has been Democrats’ focus in recent weeks. Now that humanitarian funding is taken care of, it’s time to see if Congress can begin to fix the conditions that are allowing so many migrants to storm the border each month.

After months of denial, even Democrats have had to admit that the border situation is a crisis. Detention beds are filling up and Border Patrol has had to release some immigrants waiting for asylum hearings into areas away from the border to relieve crowding conditions.

While Democrats seem fine with the inundation of more than a million new illegal immigrants each year, Trump’s stepped up deportation efforts may be just what is needed to bring them back to the bargaining table.

And like Trump said, if he doesn’t get what he wants, let the deportations begin! It’s another win-win for him.

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Jen Krausz

Jen Krausz is a Conservative Institute staff writer. A lifelong member of the Republican Party, she has an English degree from a liberal arts college and has contributed to numerous publications including Newsmax.