The Democrats paint Donald Trump as an obtuse figure. An unbending and unreasonable MAGA ideologue, but in reality, Trump has always looked to work with both parties in Congress.
First he offered legalization for 1.8 million undocumented aliens, and now President Donald Trump put off for two weeks the start of his planned nationwide raid of illegals. Last Saturday, Trump vowed to have them “removed from the country” starting next week.
Trump claims that this pivot was done “at the request of Democrats.” The delay is intended to offer an opportunity "to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “If not, Deportations start!”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in communication with the President Friday night, asking him to call off the raids, according to sources. An hour after Trump reversed course, she tweeted her response.
“Mr. President, delay is welcome,” Pelosi said. “Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were ready to round up about 2,000 people in 10 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Baltimore, according to media reports.
“Any leak telegraphing sensitive law enforcement operations is egregious and puts our officers’ safety in danger,” ICE spokeswoman Carol Danko said in an emailed statement on Saturday.