LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump’s warning that “millions” of migrants would be deported starting this weekend was abruptly changed Saturday when he issued a surprise tweet announcing a two-week delay to the crackdown, urging Congress to hammer out reforms on immigration policy.
“If not, Deportations start!” Trump said in a tweet.
The shifting plans for mass removals drew swift condemnation from immigration advocates in Southern California, who called the sweeps an inhumane strategy for enforcement and a dangerous scare tactic that was cleaving communities.
Salas opined that the president was getting pushback about the logistics of his announced sweeps, as well as backlash from across the political spectrum.
“Even law enforcement — our LAPD, our sheriff — everyone is saying this is the wrong way to do what you are doing,” Salas said. “I can only use the word ‘harmful.’ Others say ‘disgraceful.’ All those adjectives really speak to his lack of thinking through about the impact this has.”
For Carmen, an undocumented 17-year-old in L.A., Trump’s unexpected announcement that the deportations would be temporarily delayed left her feeling more drained than relieved.
“I’m tired. I’m done. What else is he gonna tweet? Tomorrow, is he gonna say, ‘Just kidding, we’re starting the raids again’?” she said.