New York Metropolis was on edge Saturday as US Immigration and Customs Enforcement readied to hold out President Trump’s plans to deport at the least 2,000 unlawful immigrants right here and in the remainder of the nation.
Metropolis Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Workplace of Immigrant Affairs, urged New Yorkers to withstand federal authorities.
“You aren’t powerless in opposition to this evil, racist administration,” Johnson mentioned, advising immigrants to stay silent and refuse to consent to searches.
Mostofi relayed stories that the raids really began a day sooner than anticipated.
“We heard two stories from Sundown Park . . . and the third report was in East Harlem,” she mentioned. “Eyewitnesses [are] talking to us about ICE makes an attempt to achieve entry and entry and conduct arrests. However fortunately, unsuccessfully.”
The remark ignited a flurry of social-media posts claiming that ICE brokers have been seen on metropolis streets and in subway stations and even that officers have been demanding IDs from passers-by.
Neither the social-media posts nor Mostofi’s statements have been backed by photographic proof.
“We don’t have photographs, sadly,” Could Malik, deputy commissioner of the Mayor’s Workplace of Immigrant Affairs, informed The Submit. “We have been in a position to affirm them as a result of our MOIA staffers spoke with eyewitnesses on the bottom.”
ICE didn’t reply a request for remark about whether or not the raids began on Saturday.
Locals described a peaceful earlier than the storm in East Harlem.
“It was a quiet morning. We didn’t even see any cops,” Ashley Flores, 27, mentioned on 116th Road, the place the town claimed ICE had carried out raids. “We might know if there was ICE right here. We normally hear about this stuff.”
The raids, which Trump has threatened for weeks, are slated to focus on unlawful immigrants who’ve been ordered to go away the nation by a court docket.
For the reason that begin of the Trump presidency, Mayor de Blasio has informed metropolis workers to not cooperate with ICE.
However a police-union boss urged members to place politics apart and help federal brokers in a letter launched Saturday
“I additional encourage you to NOT depart any ICE Agent deserted if in want of help and to face shoulder to shoulder with every agent,” Sergeants Benevolent Affiliation President Ed Mullins wrote within the letter, which was despatched Friday to union members.
Anti-ICE protests occurred all through the nation over the weekend. On Friday, in Aurora, Colo., demonstrators hauled down a US flag and hoisted a Mexican one as a replacement.
Extra reporting by Ben Cohn