Immigration Raids Set to Begin Sunday in Nine Major Cities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sunday, immigration raids begin in nine major U.S. cities. Charlotte is not on the list, but the raids are still driving fears in the immigrant community. There’s also anger about the treatment of migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

“It starts on Sunday and they’re going to take people out and they’re going to bring them back to their countries,” President Trump said on Friday.

Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the raids are expected to take place over several days and will target 2,000 undocumented immigrants – all with court orders for removal.

“We’re focused on criminals as much as we can, before we do anything else,” Trump says.

But ICE can also arrest other undocumented immigrants it runs across.

“The real impact is, mixed family, collateral encounters, it can destroy communities and change Monday morning for a lot of employers,” says Charlotte immigration attorney Jordan Forsythe Greer.

Meantime, activists are slamming the treatment migrants are getting at camps along the border.

More than 100 people gathered outside the Moss Justice Center in York, South Carolina for a “Lights for Liberty” vigil on Friday night.

“There are children who are in facilities, there are adults who are in facilities that are way overcrowded,” says vigil organizer Tracy Simpson.

People there say they’re concerned about child separation and conditions inside the facilities.

“It seems to be geared specifically to be as cruel as possible, just to try to deter people from coming,” says attendee Jose Santiago.

Vice President Mike Pence visited detention centers in Texas on Friday, saying conditions are unacceptable, but that facilities are overwhelmed because of the large number of migrants arriving at the border.