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ICE raids across major US cities fall short of expectations but fear remains

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — President Donald Trump’s vow to launch a nationwide deportation sweep fell short of expectations on Sunday, with only a small number of operations that appeared to fall closer in line with routine enforcement.

While the effort seems to have been downgraded — or perhaps just delayed — immigrant communities across the U.S. were still on red alert.

Jorge-Mario Cabrera with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA, in Los Angeles told ABC News’ Clayton Sandell that most of the calls the organization has received are people inquiring about their legal rights and that most reports of ICE vans in the city turned out to be unfounded.

The fear though among many undocumented immigrants is that the Trump administration has merely delayed the raids, which could happen Monday when people return to work.

“If the president wanted to hold communities hostage, he’s done a very good job,” Cabrera said.

Greg Chen, head of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said community organizations were expecting the threat of raids to last through Friday.

“This is by no means over yet,” he said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sunday declined to disclose any arrest numbers and referred reporters to a prior statement that declined to offer details “due to law-enforcement sensitivities.”

Federal immigration officers were initially scheduled to sweep across 10 cities on Sunday, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Atlanta, to arrest about 2,000 undocumented immigrants with final removal orders, the Trump administration announced.

Elected officials and advocates took to social media to assure residents of the resources available to them.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted to those who may be affected to remember that they have rights.




Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti posted a video Saturday stating that the city was not coordinating with ICE’s efforts.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted that he stands “with every Houstonion regardless of immigration status.”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tweeted to residents to “remain aware” and know their rights.

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said in a statement that “immigrants who call Baltimore home should not live in fear of family separation and deportation.”





Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city stands “shoulder to shoulder with every Chicagoan, regardless of their legal status.”

Pete Buttigieg, presidential hopeful and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, tweeted that the raids were designed to “tear families apart” and further Trump’s “extreme agenda.”





Washington Gov. Jay Inslee told ABC News Live on Saturday that state officials were monitoring the proposed raids “very carefully” and that they would “vigorously defend the rights of anyone” in the state.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the Trump administration announced the raids to “make news” and scare the public.




“If you wanted to go after security risks, and there are people who are security risks, why would you alert them and say you’re doing this on a Sunday and do it two weekends in a row?” Klobuchar asked ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on “This Week” on Sunday. “Why? Because you want to make news, right?”

 Sen. Amy Klobuchar says warnings about ICE raids are “about scaring everyone” and “changing the news” and not about security as claimed.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms appeared on CNN over the weekend, asking people in fear of deportation to stay in or travel in groups.

The ACLU and other immigration advocacy groups advised residents to assert their rights.







On Sunday, ICE urged jurisdictions in California and other sanctuary locations to cooperate to “keep foreign criminals off of our streets,” tweeting that “communities are safer when law enforcement agencies work together.”




Officials later announced that Houston and New Orleans would not see immigration enforcement actions due to Hurricane Barry, which made landfall on Saturday.

In San Diego, 20 people were were arrested in raids on Saturday, but those arrests were part of a five-day enforcement operation, and apparently not specifically tied to the raids mentioned by Trump.

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