US President Donald Trump has said that the delayed 10-cityraids on illegal immigrants will begin after the July 4 holiday.
"After July 4, a lot of people are going to be broughtback out," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday while signingthe USD 4.6-billion border funding bill to tackle the influx of migrants fromCentral America at the US-Mexico border.
Trump said late last month he decided to delay the raids fortwo weeks to see if Republican and Democratic lawmakers can get together andwork out a solution, pressing for passing new restrictions on asylum laws whichwas opposed by Democrats who control the House, Xinhua reported.
The two-week delay was mostly consumed by July 4 recess,when lawmakers are not in Washington.
The raids, planned by the Immigration and CustomsEnforcement (ICE), was set to target up to 2,000 migrant families facingdeportation orders in 10 cities including Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Miami,New York and San Francisco, based on cases filed in 10 immigration courtlocations.
The operation raised concerns about more family separations.Both Chicago and Los Angeles mayors said their cities would not assist in theraids.
Once arrests take place, families will likely be moved toICE family residential detention centres as the agency works with consulates toobtain travel documents, media reports said.