U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will launch raids across the country on Sunday to target immigrant families who have received deportation orders, according to reports. News of the raids come less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that “millions” of deportations would happen as early as next week.
The Washington Post first reported the planned Sunday raids on Friday afternoon, citing three unnamed U.S. officials with knowledge of the orders. The Miami Herald later reported that Miami would be among the first cities to be raided.
The raids on Sunday will target up to 2,000 families, according to the Post. ICE and Department of Homeland Security officials are referring to the plan as “family op,” an apparent reference to the intention to target families.
At least nine other major cities are reportedly being targeted, including Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Francisco, according to the reports. All of the cities have large immigrant populations.
Trump tweeted about the deportations on Monday night, saying the migrants would be “removed as fast as they come in.”
The nationwide sweep appears to be in line with reports last month that the White House proposed a secret plan to the DHS to arrest thousands of undocumented parents and children in cities with large immigrant communities.
It was reportedly shelved after then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and then-ICE head Ron Vitiello challenged the plan, raising concerns about resources and the possibility of public outrage over the raids.