Trump of­fi­cials dis­cussed de­port­ing fam­i­lies

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Home­land Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials con­sid­ered ar­rest­ing thou­sands of mi­grant fam­i­lies who had fi­nal de­por­ta­tion or­ders and re­mov­ing them from the U.S. in a flashy show of force, but the idea was tabled as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion grap­pled with strain­ing re­sources and a grow­ing num­ber of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans cross­ing the bor­der.

Two Home­land Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and two other peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the pro­posal de­scribed it to The As­so­ci­ated Press. They were not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly and re­quested anonymity.

The idea was to ar­rest par­ents and chil­dren in 10 cities with large pop­u­la­tions of im­mi­grants liv­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally, specif­i­cally New York, Los An­ge­les and Chicago, they said, with­out nam­ing oth­ers.

The pro­posal, first re­ported by The Wash­ing­ton Post, was meant to send a mes­sage and pos­si­bly de­ter oth­ers from com­ing across the bor­der, they said.

But then-Im­mi­gra­tions and Cus­toms En­force­ment head Ron Vi­tiello and thenSec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen put the pro­posal aside over con­cerns about di­vert­ing re­sources from the bor­der, a lack of de­ten­tion space and the possibilit­y of re­newed pub­lic out­rage over treat­ment of fam­i­lies.

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