Weeks ago, President Donald Trump warned the millions of illegal immigrants, living and working openly across America, that the deportations were coming. Illegals immediately started stocking up on the frijoles.
One anonymous Nicaraguan mamacita told CNN, “I felt that day like it was a hurricane coming.” The Miami housekeeper and babysitter went straight to the supermarket, knowing the family would be hiding indoors for a while.
When Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got wind of a major immigration roundup in the works, she called the White House, begging President Trump to stop the raids. He was nice enough to give her a few weeks, based on her promise that Congress would start to honestly take a look at doing their jobs to fix the flaws through legislation.
She didn’t exactly stab the president in the back because she arranged the border funding bill to pass, but she didn’t exactly keep her promise either.
Pelosi was too distracted by cat-fighting with a group of teeniebopper freshmen congresswomen to do anything meaningful to address the issues. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her crew are convinced that laws get passed on Twitter. Now the clock has run out and the deportations begin Sunday.
According to the New York Times, deportation round ups “are expected to take place in at least 10 cities, will occur ‘over multiple days’ and will include ‘collateral’ deportations in which ‘authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.'”
Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli adds:
“They’re absolutely going to happen. There’s approximately a million people in this country with removal orders. And of course that isn’t what ICE will go after in this, but that’s the pool of people who have been all the way through the due process chain.”
The housekeeper’s neighborhood has become “eerily empty.” Up and down the block, everyone is afraid to go outside. “I said, ‘OK, you know what, we’re going to keep the windows down, the blinds down. I don’t want any noise. I want everybody to stay calm and try to turn off the lights in the living room, so if they come, they don’t know that we are in the house.”
Illegals know their rights. “I know my rights. I know that I don’t have to open the door. I know a lot of things, but even with that it’s really scary.”
“This is a horrible feeling. These past two days, I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night. My husband says, ‘What happened to you last night? You started screaming in your dream.'”
Fields in South Florida that should be teeming with workers are empty. “A growing number of workers are scared to leave their homes,” CNN writes. Up north in Minnesota, another illegal told CNN he’s terrified. He plans to lay low until la migra goes away. “I don’t want to leave my family devastated so we are just going to stay inside.”
Immigration advocate hot lines have been ringing off the hook. “There is a lot of panic and a lot of fear, even though we know that these raids happen every year. Something feels tangibly different this time around,” immigrant rights organizer Nayim Islam relates. We keep getting calls and messages from folks, saying, ‘We’re scared. What should we do?'”
Ilhan Omar prefers to call them “Undocumented Americans” to make it seem like they are already citizens because of our wide open borders. Omar may find herself deported after the investigation into whether she married her brother to help him break immigration laws bears fruit.
#ICEraids are expected to begin this Sunday: **07/14**
Every person, including undocumented Americans, has rights if they are approached by ICE. 1/ https://t.co/z4sG4RHenq
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 11, 2019
Along with everyone else, Omar is advising the illegals to post the little card that spells out their rights beside their door and ignore the police when they knock. “A lot of people have heard that message,” Abel Nuñez agrees. The executive director of the Central American Resource Center wonders if it will work.
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“I think the question is, if it does happen to them, are they going to implement it? It’s one thing for me to give you a card or a paper with your rights. It’s another thing at five in the morning, when you hear a loud knock at your door and someone’s yelling, ‘ Police!’ Are you going to let them in? That’s a very different environment.”
Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco are expected to be the primary targets.