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Valley activists speak out ahead of deportations

Deportation of migrants begins Monday
Posted at 3:22 PM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 21:18:31-04

PHOENIX — The president has delayed his plans for mass arrests of roughly 2,000 people who are in the country illegally and have court orders for deportation.

In a tweet on Saturday, President Trump said he's giving Democrats and Republicans two weeks to find a solution for problems at the border. If not, deportations will begin.

Phoenix is not listed as one of the 10 cities his administrations says it'll be targeting. However, activists are still going door to door handing out pamphlets and letting people know what their rights are.

"There have been people that have been calling and asking what's happening," Roberto Reveles said.

"They should obey lawful orders," he added. "Our concern is others in the immigrant community feel vulnerable whenever they see authorities using force to remove people from their households or places of employment"

Reveles says they're also educating people on how to become legal citizens.

"To seek legal advice to determine whether they have grounds for adjusting their status," he said.

Three administration officials told The Associated Press the operation had been canceled because details had leaked in the media and officer safety could be jeopardized.

The officials were not authorized to speak publicly on the operation and spoke on condition of anonymity.