(Breitbart) – President Donald Trump said his postponed immigration raids in 10 major cities could start up on Independence Day unless “something pretty miraculous” happens in Congress on immigration reform.
Trump said during a news conference on Saturday at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan that he was not optimistic about anything happening before then. Trump on June 22 postponed the raids for two weeks at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.
“Unless we do something pretty miraculous, but the Democrats, it seems to me, they want to have open borders,” Trump said. “And for the life of me, I cannot figure that out. It’s one thing because I want people to come to our country. We need them because we have all these companies coming in.
“… The only problem is that they have to come in through a process. They have to come in legally. It’s also very unfair. You have millions of people online for years trying to get into a country. … But, yeah, we will be removing large numbers of people. People have to understand,” the president continued.
Before they were postponed, the raids appeared to target Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, based on cases filed in 10 immigration court locations.
The House passed a $4.6 billion emergency border funding bill Thursday that had previously passed the Senate. Pelosi said she “reluctantly” moved the Senate bill forward after threatening to alter the legislation. The bill is now waiting for Trump’s signature.
Flashback: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Gives Illegal Aliens Tips On How To Evade ICE Raids
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted out a few tips on Saturday to illegal aliens looking to evade sweeps conducted by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) officers.
“Warning: The Trump admin is expected to begin ICE raids across the country TOMORROW, targeting people for round up,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in the Saturday tweet.
The self-described Democratic socialist then linked to tweets from Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and United We Dream— both organizations which posted the locations of the suspected ICE raids.
Warning: The Trump admin is expected to begin ICE raids across the country TOMORROW, targeting people for round up.
NOW is the time for us to come together:
– Check in w/ your neighbors
– Share “Know Your Rights” info
– If you see ICE, report to @UNITEDWEDREAM 1-844-363-1423 https://t.co/UgWK0Km3sl
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 22, 2019
“NOW is the time for us to come together: – Check in w/ your neighbors – Share “Know Your Rights” info – If you see ICE, report to @UNITEDWEDREAM 1-844-363-1423,” the post continued.
The freshman Democrat continued her series of tweets Saturday, claiming that the Trump administration is running “concentration camps” on the southern border where children do not get “toothpaste or soap.”
Donald Trump Jr. quickly refuted her “concentration camp” claim, sending Ocasio-Cortez a tweet with messages from Holocaust survivors.
Hey @AOC – guess who knows more about concentration camps than you? These Holocaust survivors. They have a message for you. Why don’t you listen – for once.
Great video by @TPUSA
RT so media can’t ignore pic.twitter.com/aib5WW0Z9h
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 22, 2019
Although Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats have strongly condemned the Trump administration for going after people who stay in the country illegally, their rhetoric did not match up to the reality of Trump’s plan on border enforcement.
Trump announced later on Saturday that he would be delaying the administration’s effort to deport more illegal aliens until both political parties can work out a bipartisan solution to solve the problems at the southern border.