Many unregistered migrants are worried about their lives in the United States. President Trump announced today raids against them with subsequent deportations. Thousands of people protested.
Thousands of people protested in the center of Chicago against the migration policies of US President Donald Trump. Many participants crossed the center of the metropolis in the state of Illinois with banners with slogans such as "No child in a cage". Some have even shouted slogans against the police and customs authorities (ICE) of the Ministry of National Security. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi spoke of a peaceful demonstration, estimated the number of participants at 5,000.
There have also been protests in other US cities, including Phoenix. There, dozens of protesters blocked a street in the city center and stopped light rail traffic. Police arrested 16 people.
Planned incursions of people without a residence permit
Trump announced today large-scale raids against "illegal immigrants". For some time the US government has been planning similar actions to expel people without a large residence permit.
The focus is on people who have committed crimes, said Trump. He pointed out, however, that those who had arrived illegally in the country must go. Trump had already threatened mass deportations in June, but then postponed the deadline. At that time he spoke of "millions" of people who had to be arrested.
The ICE police authority, on the other hand, said that about 2,000 people were targeted. The deportations should take place in several large cities, including New York, Miami and Los Angeles.
"This uncertainty, this fear is causing chaos"
Many mayors fear that the raids will intimidate migrants and make their future cooperation with the authorities even less likely. Furthermore, it is feared that the imminent arrests could create an even more dramatic situation in the overcrowded US detention centers. Human rights organizations and politicians visiting the centers had reported catastrophic conditions.
"What traumatizes people"
"This uncertainty, this fear is causing chaos, that's for sure," said CNN's Democratic mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfood. He added, "What traumatizes people". Moreover, the Republican mayor of Miami has expressed his lack of understanding about the raids announced. The Miami homicide rate in 2018 was lower than that of the last 51 years, said Francis Suarez. So he doesn't understand why the raids should take place in Miami. "This does not make it easier for us mayors to maintain peace and tranquility for people in our city," Suarez said.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told MSNBC that the campaign is a "political move to convince many people in the United States that migrants are the problem".
An estimated 11 million people in the United States live without residency papers.
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