The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency under the Department of Homeland Security had planned on a massive raid next month on over 8,400 undocumented immigrants that it claims have committed crimes.
Officials told NBC that the raid, named Operation Mega would be “the largest operation of its kind in the history of ICE.”
The official said that while the operation is targeting criminals, some other undocumented immigrants may be caught up as “collateral” damage. They claimed juveniles will not be targeted in the raids.
However, after the story broke ICE reported that the operation was being cancelled due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
ICE spokesman Sarah Rodriguez said in a statement, “While we generally do not comment on future potential law enforcement actions, operational plans are subject to change based on a variety of factors. Due to the current weather situation in Florida and other potentially impacted areas, along with the ongoing recovery in Texas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had already reviewed all upcoming operations and has adjusted accordingly. There is currently no coordinated nationwide operation planned at this time. The priority in the affected areas should remain focused on life-saving and life-sustaining activities.”
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