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Donald Trump, the country’s president and national embarrassment, just announced that he’s going to delay the horrific ICE raids until Congress can “work on a solution.” As a refresher, these raids were set to occur on Sunday and span 10 major cities in the United States, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. These raids would have involved about 2,000 people being arrested and deported, according to an immigration official who talked to CNN.

Of course, Trump tweeted about this change:

Why is “Deportations” capitalized? Who knows!

He also defended the raids earlier today. Mind you, there is no valid defense for raiding people’s homes, separating families, and, at minimum, spreading trauma like wildfire through communities. But of course, Trump tried to argue that these families have been evading the law in some form or another:

Prior to Trump’s decision, many Democrats had spoken out and asked him to call them off. One example is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who released a statement earlier today, saying, “These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country. The President’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime.” She added that these raids are a “brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities.”

It’s worth noting that the mayors of many impacted cities have outright said they did not support the raids.

For example, London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, said on Friday, “It is unconscionable that the Federal administration is targeting innocent immigrant families with secret raids that are designed to inflict as much fear and pain as possible.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti clarified in a statement that he would not support the raids, saying, “No Angeleno should ever have to fear being snatched from their home or separated from their loved ones — and we are doing everything we can to provide immigrant families with the information and support they need.”

Lori Lightfoot, mayor of Chicago, has also said she would not assist in the raids.

People on social media have been spreading resources and advocacy contacts:

As of this afternoon, Trump claims that he hopes the threat of these [inhumane] raids will encourage lawmakers in Congress to act. Given that the House and Senate have struggled to make any real progress concerning immigration in years, it seems unlikely that a two-week timeframe will do the trick. But is a solution really Trump’s motivation, or does he just enjoy terrorizing innocent people? The answer feels obvious, now.

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