US President Donald Trump has placed on hold, a plan to begin mass immigration raids against undocumented families in the country.
In a statement via Twitter on Saturday, he said that “at the request of Democrats” the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) would delay the planned mass raids targeting people with deportation orders.
The raids were scheduled to begin on Sunday.
However, according to reports, the the raids were called off in large part because details of the plan had leaked to media.
According to the president, he approved the delay for Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work out a compromise on immigration policy , adding that the deal would have to solve “the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”
If Congress is unable to strike a deal, “Deportations start!” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement on Saturday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she hoped that leaders of faith-based and community organizations would “call upon the President to stop this brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities.”
“These families are hard-working members of our communities and our country,” Pelosi said.
“The President’s action makes no distinction between a status violation and committing a serious crime. It is important that the President and our immigrant communities know that they have rights in America.”