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Immigration chief can’t guarantee parents and children won’t be separated during ICE raids

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/14/2019 Brian Niemietz
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Acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli won’t rule out separating parents from children in newly launched ICE raids.

Cuccinelli made the talk show rounds Sunday, including a stop at CNN’s “State of the Union,” where he drove home the point that a freshly launched crackdown on undocumented immigrants will focus on residents the courts have decided should not be here.

“We’ve got compassionate loyal ICE agents who are just doing their job and it shows you how far we’ve fallen in that it’s become news they would actually deport people who have removal orders,” he told “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper.

But 50-year-old Edison, N.J., politico, who served as Virginia’s attorney general from 2010 to 2014, wouldn’t go so far as saying that more than 1 million people being targeted wouldn’t see their families separated.

“That would be an operational detail that I’m not going to comment on,” Cuccinelli said.

When pressed by Tapper, Cuccinelli doubled down on his claim, insisting details about possible family separation could jeopardize operations.

“I’m not going to say yes or no to anything like that because then certain people out there can write themselves off the list or find a way to play a loophole,” he insisted.

Council speaker Corey Johnson told New Yorkers Saturday that the city “has your back” should Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents come for them.

“These are scary times,” Johnson said during a rally in Battery Park. “We keep having to stand up day after day on behalf of immigrants. These rights have been won with blood, sweat, and tears because of generations of visionaries, leaders who came before us."

Mayor de Blasio tweeted his opposition to ICE’s tactics from Iowa, where he’s campaigning for president.

"This ICE as it’s formed now should be abolished, a new agency created that’s not about separating families but is actually about enforcing the law fairly and evenly,” he wrote from middle America.


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